ROME, 16 September 2002 -- World
famous Italian tenor, Luciano Pavarotti, will join the UN Food
and Agriculture Organization (FAO) in the battle against world
hunger when he performs in "Pavarotti canta
Verdi" on 12 October, at the Grimaldi Forum in the
Principality of Monaco, the UN agency announced today. Mr.
Pavarotti and other well known opera singers will lend their
talents to FAO's TeleFood campaign, raising awareness and
funding for the fight against hunger and malnutrition.
FAO has led worldwide efforts to eliminate
chronic hunger that affects some 800 million people worldwide--
more than the populations of North America and Western Europe
put together. The TeleFood campaign uses national and global
broadcasts of concerts and other events to increase
people's awareness of the scope of world hunger and enlist
their support for TeleFood's goal - Food for All. TeleFood
centres around World Food Day, which marks the founding of FAO
on 16 October 1945
The aim of TeleFood is
to reach out and raise awareness about world hunger and to
mobilize resources for hundreds of hunger-fighting projects.
People from all walks of life support TeleFood. Some offer
financial support, others participate in organizing TeleFood
events. Hundreds of sponsors and celebrities, including renowned
actors, singers and athletes, have lent their voices and their
time to help TeleFood get the message out.
TeleFood events appeal to the generosity of those
concerned about hunger in the world and all contributions go
directly to grass roots development projects.. These projects
have one basic aim - to enable people to build lives free from
hunger. The maximum cost of a TeleFood project is US$10,000, and
none of the money raised is diverted for administrative costs.
Half of the TeleFood funds collected go to projects involving
women and young people.
Fruit growers in
Armenia, women's groups in Bolivia, farm families in
Cambodia, fish smokers in Mali, spice growers in Nepal and
beginner bee keepers in Samoa are just some of the world's
food providers who are benefiting from the TeleFood initiative.
More than 1,000 micro projects in all parts
of the developing world and countries in transition are financed
by the TeleFood Fund. Although small in scale and cost, TeleFood
projects make a significant impact. In Uganda, school lunches
were minimal at the Kisowera Primary School until TeleFood
donations enabled the students to create a schoolyard vegetable
and fruit garden. In the poor southern provinces of Bolivia
farmers sleep better at night knowing their crops are safely
stored in metal silos, saving them up to 40 percent of their
harvest. Unemployed women and out-of-school youths in Cotabato,
the Philippines, have learned to increase crop yields with
organic and bio-intensive farming techniques. These are just a
few examples of the small self-contained agriculture, animal and
fish production projects providing farmers and fishers with
much-needed cash to pay for the basic necessities of