Upon his appointment as an FAO Ambassador, Italian singer Mr Al
Bano Carrisi pledged himself to supporting FAO’s fight against hunger.
"It may be that no one person can change the world, but I know I
can change the whole world of one person," he said at the World
Food Day ceremony on 16 October 2001.
Mr Carrisi is an acclaimed international singer
who has won several awards and prizes during his 30-year career.
He has performed alongside Plácido Domingo, the Rolling Stones,
Spanish flamenco guitarist Paco de Lucia and opera singer Montserrat
Caballé. Mr Carrisi has used his fame to bring attention to war
against drugs, and in 1999 he appeared in support of FAO at an awareness-raising
event in Florence with Luciano Pavarotti.
Since his appointment, Al Bano has been starring in several television
programmes and special events such as Rai Uno Mattina, Domenica
In, The Christmas Village etc. to sensitize public opinion towards
the fight against hunger, and has devoted countless hours to his
role as an FAO envoy and spokesperson through interviews and public
He has recorded numerous television spots and has lent his image
to an FAO public service ad published by the major Italian magazines
and newspapers (Corriere della Sera, Oggi, Gazzetta dello Sport).
In June 2002, Al Bano attended the "World Food Summit: Five
Years Later" and spoke extensively about his role as FAO Ambassador
during a press conference organized on the occasion.
On 16 October 2002, a musical performance by Al Bano in the Plenary
Hall enlivened of the World Food Day celebrations at FAO Headquarters