Musicians hit right note -- food for all

As the World Food Summit in Rome approaches, leading international musicians played on Sunday to tens of thousands of people packed at the foot of the Coliseum joining voices in solidarity with the plight of the hungry in the world.

Organized by FAO as part of World Food Day celebrations, Italian singer Claudio Baglioni led a concert line-up of more than 100 musical and dance artists, including world music stars Khaled from Algeria and Youssou N'Dour from Senegal.

Spotlight on world food problems

Over five hours of continuous music were broadcast live by Italian television to 22 countries, reminding the international audience that there are still over 800 million people worldwide chronically undernourished.

"It is a great honour to be able to come to this historic site and contribute to the fight against world hunger," said Youssou N'Dour.

The run up to the concert was preceded by five days of workshops on music, dance and graphic arts conducted by international artists in the Koine Global Village set up next to the Coliseum.

Various other acitivities took place in countries around the world. In Nicaragua students held mini-food summits to discuss the key issues, while people in the Maldives, an island archipelago in the Indian Ocean, planted mango and avocado seedlings.

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