Kuala Lumpur: AFC has had the privilege to interview two top executives from its social responsibility partner the United Nations' Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) on the allocation of AFC's donation to FAO and the success of its mission.
AFC Acting President Zhang Jilong handed over a donation of over US$400,000 to FAO Assistant Director-General for Asia and the Pacific Hiroyuki Konuma in a ceremony at AFC House here July 29.
AFC joined hands with FAO in May 2010 with the purposeful intention of using football and football-related activities to help combat global hunger, which has reached the one billon threshold.
The partnership is part of the overall Dream Asia social responsibility programme of AFC, which is keen to fulfil its obligation of helping less-privileged communities in Asia.
Below are excerpts and recordings of the interviews:
AFC Interview with Mr. Edgardo Valenzuela, Coordinator World Food Day / Advocacy Activities Unit, Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO)
Q: What is the main success from the 1 Billion Hungry Campaign?
A: The 1 Billion Hungry Campaign was initiated by FAO on the eve of the Last World Summit on Food Security. The objective of the campaign was to provide awareness of the growing number of hungry people in the world since after 2008 the critical threshold of 1 billion was reached for the number of hungry people.
This massive awareness campaign included a signature campaign, a petition to ask governments of the world to put attention or priority to the problem of food insecurity.
Today almost 4 million signatures have been collected of which almost 60 percent have come from the Asian region and a lot of these should be attributed to the work done by the FAO regional office and its partners like AFC.
AFC Interview with Mr. Horiyuki Konuma, FAO Assistant Director-General for Asia and the Pacific
Q: How will the AFC donation be allocated?
A: We are grateful to the AFC for the donation of over US$400,000 from the football match. As agreed, we will try to use the resources for the implementation of the TeleFood project.
This project is specifically designed to provide agricultural input to a group of farmers in least developed countries for them to have more access to production input and grow more food and at the same time to make sure that they will gain more income.
And we will help them create their own revolving fund and promote their group activities and sustainability. So we will focus our collaboration with AFC on supporting poor farmers to grow more food and improve their living conditions.
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