Mr.Saad Aied Al-Otaibi, the Assistant Director-General and Regional Representative for the Near East in United Nations Food and Agricultural Organization (FAO) today declared that the first three matches of Asian Foot Ball Tournament that would begin on 7th January in Doha in Qatar would be dedicated to fight against hunger and poverty in the world and for mobilizing resources to contribute to FAO in its efforts against Hunger campaign around the world. Already an understanding between the FAO and Asian Football Confederation has been reached at in this regard.
The FAO and AFC organizers are urging football fans around the world to sign an online petition calling on governments to give priority to the elimination of hunger and poverty and to mobilize donations for UNFAO’s Tele-Food community-level food production projects. Donations received for Tele-Food go directly to poor farmers, who receive the tools to grow crops, raise livestock and fish, and to process food to sell it at a better price.
UNFAO’s online petition and global out reach initiatives for one billion hungry project has so far attracted over 3.2 million signatures since it was launched in May 2010.