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The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) is the lead specialized agency of the United Nations in the international fight against hunger and malnutrition. Among the eight Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), FAO is committed in the first objective to reducing by half the proportion of people who suffer from hunger in the world by 2015.
FAO gives great importance to sport as a vehicle for development and peace and to advocate for the fight against hunger and the achievement of the MDGs with the involvement of the civil society. It considers sport as a key tool for mobilizing the political will, action and resources to keep this pledge towards the world’s underprivileged people.

1. 'Professional Football against Hunger' Campaign

In 2008, FAO launched a global “Professional Football against Hunger” solidarity campaign to seek the support of professional football leagues and football organizations in an international movement against hunger to raise awareness on the fact that 1 billion people live in chronic hunger and to raise funds for project of food production in developing countries. FAO and its football partners work together with the same spirit as both football and the fight against hunger need: commitment, patience, endurance perseverance, investment.

Professional Football Against Hunger Partnerships:

The Association of the European Professional Football Leagues (EPFL)

The Confédération Africaine de Football (CAF)

The Asian Football Confederation (AFC)

The Confederación Sudamericana de Fútbol (CONMEBOL)

The Football Federation of the State of Sao Paulo (FPF)

Asociación Nacional de Fútbol Profesional de Chile (ANFP)

Fédération Française de Football (FFF)

Fundación Atlético de Madrid

2. Run for Food

Run for Food is organized on an annual basis around the world on the occasion of the World Food Day (16 October). It consists in a 1 to 5 kilometer non-competitive race (the distance depending on the country) with the objective of raising awareness on hunger and malnutrition in the world and of collecting funds - through the registration fees - for FAO community projects. The project is traditionally supported by FAO's Goodwill Ambassadors and celebrities.

3. 'Score the Goals' Educational Comic Book

FAO is one of the six UN organizations involved in the project "Score the Goals - Teaming Up to Achieve the Millennium Development Goals", a 32-page educational comic book featuring 10 football UN Goodwill Ambassadors who become shipwrecked on an island on their way to playing an ‘all-star’ charity football game. Whilst on the island, the team has to tackle the eight MDGs along their journey towards being rescued. The comic book is primarily aimed at 8-14 year old children and provides a fun interactive way to help them understand, familiarize and reflect about the eight Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) as well as inviting them to take action through several activities provided in the adjoining educational guide.

Roberto Baggio
Date of birth: 18 February 1967
Status: FAO Goodwill Ambassador
Nationality: Italian

Sport: Football Champion
Date of appointment: 16 October 2002
Personal website:

Deborah Ferguson
Date of birth: 16 January 1976
Status: FAO Goodwill Ambassador
Nationality: Bahamian

Sport: Sprint World Cup gold medalist
Date of appointment: 16 October 2002

Raúl González Blanco
Date of birth: 27 June 1977
Status: FAO Goodwill Ambassador
Nationality: Spanish

Sport: Football Champion
Date of appointment: 16 October 2004

Beatrice Faumuina
Date of birth: 23 October 1974
Status: FAO Goodwill Ambassador
Nationality: New Zealand

Sport: Sprint World Championship gold medalist
Date of appointment: 16 October 2005
Personal website:

Carl Lewis
Date of birth: 1 July 1961
Status: FAO Goodwill Ambassador
Nationality: United States of America

Sport: Olympic Champion Track and Field Runner
Date of appointment: 16 October 2009
Personal website:

Patrick Vieira
Date of birth: 23 June 1976
Status: FAO Goodwill Ambassador
Nationality: Senegalese
Sport: Football Champion
Date of appointment: 11 May 2010
Personal website: www.diambars.org


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Communications Contact:

Ms. Clara Velez-Fraga
Promotion&Liaison Officer
Office of Corporate Communications and External Relations
E-mail: Clara.Velezfraga(at)fao.org

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Ms. Rosarita Pagano
Office of Corporate Communications and External Relations
Telephone +39 06 57056135
E-mail: Rosarita.Pagano(at)fao.org


Hunger Run 2012 and Crescita SMS Campaign 17 October 2012
Rome (FAO) – As part of celebrations for World Food Week, Hunger Run 2012 will take place on Sunday 21 October 2012 starting at 10:00 am. The event, formerly known as the Run for Food race, has been renamed to emphasize the Rome-based agencies common goal of eradicating hunger.
AFC Champions League joins fight against hunger 17 September 2012
(FAO) – The Asian Football against Hunger campaign is returning to stadiums across the continent for the Asian Football Confederation's (AFC's) Champions League knockout stage matches from 19 September to the final in November. Football fans will be urged to unite in a bid to foster support for people suffering from hunger.
Funds for the Sahel are needed now, Raúl says during Visit to Chad 24 May 2012
24 May 2012, Brussels, Nyon, Rome (FAO) – On a visit to drought-stricken Chad, Spanish football star Raúl González added his voice to urgent calls for funding to prevent a full-blown food and nutrition crisis in the Sahel region of West Africa, where over 17 million people are at risk of hunger and more than one million children under five face acute malnutrition.
European professional football sounds the alarm on the Sahel 28 March 2012
Brussels/Nyon/Rome (FAO) - The Professional Football Against Hunger campaign is coming to hundreds of European football stadiums with the message that action is needed now to avert a humanitarian disaster in the Sahel region of Africa, where a food and nutrition crisis caused by drought, chronic poverty, high food prices, displacement and conflict is affecting millions of people.
Professional Football against Hunger 2012 campaign kicks off 28 February 2012
Brussels/Rome (FAO) - "Urgent action is needed in the Sahel where millions of people are facing hunger". This is the message of European professional footballers who are working with the European Commission and the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations to raise awareness about the urgent need to assist the victims of hunger and to put them back on the path to self-sufficiency.

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