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European football joins the Commission in fighting hunger

Kristalina Georgieva receives Raúl, amongst other football players acting as goodwill ambassadors against hunger, the FAO and the European Professional Fooball Leagues © EU
28/02/2012  - 

Few priorities are as important as the fight against hunger. In a world of seven billion people, it affects nearly one billion, stunting the development of children and countries alike.

The European Commission is one of the largest donors of food assistance in the world and a leading advocate of the fight against malnutrition and hunger. This is why the Commission is joining forces with the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) and the European Professional Football League (EPFL) to raise awareness of the need to help the victims of hunger – and the ways to do it.

To launch the campaign, Commissioner Georgieva is today receiving guests from FAO and EPFL, including the FAO Ambassador against Hunger, football star Raúl.

The Sahel region of West Africa, where 1.3 million children are suffering from acute malnutrition, is the focus of the campaign. The Match Day Against Hunger on 31 March and 1 April will be the high point of the campaign; it will bring together 20 European Football Leagues and over 300 professional football clubs in 15 countries.

The full programme of matches and more information about the European Football Against Hunger campaign will soon be available on: www.endinghunger.org