Oct 27, 2011
In observation of the 31st United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization’s World Food Day and coinciding with the 66th anniversary of the founding of the FAO, a special ceremony is being held in New York City October 27th that will bring together the prominent people and opinion leaders from UN system, humanitarian and development organizations and the private sector. Goodwill Ambassador and World renowned jazz singer Dee Dee Bridgewater will speak at the event as part of her long-standing efforts to assist the FAO in their global outreach to end hunger.
While the World Food Day theme in 2011 is “Food prices: from crisis to stability,” in the light of the aggravating situation in the Horn of Africa, a special ceremony has been organized by the FAO focusing on the current drought and famine in the region that is taking the toll of human lives at risk on a daily basis, making it an emergency of huge proportions. Joining the FAO in organizing the event are key partners such as IFAD, WFP, Action Against Hunger, the UN Global Companct, the UN Office for Partnerships, the Hunger Project and the Group of Friends of Food Security and Nutrition at the United Nations. The Director-General of the FAO will open the Special Ceremony with key remarks by Mr. Ban Ki-moon, Secretary-General of the United Nations, amongst others.
The event will be an opportunity to raise funds in support to agriculture and livelihood recovery projects in the Horn of Africa and to assist households to meet their food needs over the next six months and beyond. In this context, FAO’s planned interventions towards farmers and pastoralists include distribution of seeds and other inputs, provision of animal feed, livestock vaccination and treatment, cash-for-work schemes, water harvesting, irrigation, storage of food at village level and rural infrastructure improvement.
Readers of this blog may have heard my interview with Dee Dee, and can hear it again by clicking here. Ms. Bridgewater is currently in the midst of a world-wide tour in support of Midnight Sun, a collection of love songs from throughout the three-time Grammy and Tony Award-winning artist Dee Dee Bridgewater’s critically acclaimed career. Released on DDB Records/Emarcy (Universal), and cited as “a love letter of sorts”, Midnight Sun, produced by Tulani Bridgewater-Kowalski, is the ultimate mixed tape, traversing landscapes of melodically mournful tales of love lost, heartrending ballads about forever afters and sultry promises of bliss. Midnight Sun is the fourth release on Bridgewater’s own label, DDB Records.