Before a crowd of 200,000 cheering people on 18 April WFP Executive Director Ertharin Cousin spoke about food security and the response to a call for improving living conditions in the developing world on the Mall in Washington, DC.
Washington D.C. – When the World Food Programme took the stage at the recent “Global Citizen” rally in the U.S., Executive Director Ertharin Cousin was able to talk about our work before one of the single largest live audiences WFP has ever had.
The call for social change was organised by the Global Poverty Project and the Earth Day Network. It celebrated Earth Day’s 45th year by drawing attention to seven key development goals, including food security.
Cousin referred to the work she had encountered first-hand in South Sudan, and spoke about the power of agriculture to change lives. “That’s why African countries are stepping up to invest in their own agriculture sector, with many already spending 10 percent of budget on agriculture.
Their commitment must inspire us all to do more – like those who support the World Bank’s Global Agriculture and Food Security Programme. Today, I call on the entire global community to step up to enhance food security and end hunger across Africa. Because, we are the Zero Hunger generation,” she said to loud cheers.
WFP helps those communities and households in need across the planet get access to safe, sufficient and nutritious food to maintain a healthy and active life.
“I call on the entire global community to step up to enhance food security and end hunger across Africa,” Ertharin Cousin
The crowd at the Global Citizen 2015 event (Photo: WFP/ Ann Emberland)
In addition to food security, speakers rallied the crowd around environmental actions, gender empowerment, education, and clean water and sanitation, among other topics.
Ertharin was joined on stage by actress Bonnie Wright, of the “Harry Potter” movies. Other celebrities who performed or spoke included Mary J Blige, Usher, Don Cheadle of “Hotel Rwanda” and Freida Pinto of “Slumdog Millionaire”.
— World Food Programme (@WFP) April 18, 2015