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Stoitchkov in Burkina Faso: “Beat hunger together”

European football backs EU and FAO in the fight against hunger

16 March 2011, Rome - Bulgarian football star Hristo Stoitchkov has spoken out in support of the EU and FAO's efforts to rebuild the livelihoods of people affected by the 2010 food crisis in the Sahel during a two-day visit to Burkina Faso.

With a delegation of the Association of European Professional Football Leagues (EPFL), led by its Chairman Sir David Richards, the former European Footballer of the Year Stoitchkov visited several EU-funded FAO projects during two days in Burkina Faso that have helped thousands of families, hit by drought and torrential rains, return to farming.

Having found out first hand about the Sahel-crisis of 2010, which particularly affected rural populations dependent on agriculture for subsistence, Stoitchkov said: "It is vital to enable people hit by disaster to feed themselves again."

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