UN World Food Programme

Fight Against Hunger Gets New Champion

John Kufuor was president of Ghana from 2001 to 2009.

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Ghana’s former president John Kufuor is to lead WFP’s effort to fight hunger among schoolchildren around the world. He joins an elite team of celebrities, sportsmen and statesmen who advocate on behalf of the world’s poorest and hungriest people.

LONDON – John Kofi Agyekum Kufuor, who was this week named a Global Ambassador against Hunger for WFP, says he aims to inspire world leaders to ensure that every child receives the nutrition they need to develop their physical and mental potential. 

“Ensuring that every child has proper nutrition has to be the goal of every world leader,” John Kufuor said.  “I hope to inspire them all to strive for this goal.” Read news release

Longstanding WFP supporter

John Kufuor has long been convinced of the potential of school meals. In 2008 he took part in the launch of WFP's Fill the Cup campaign to feed hungry school children.

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Urgent hunger needs

Kufuor, 71, head of the African Union from 2007-2008, will also help to underline the importance of fighting hunger on several fronts – by investing in long-term agricultural development, but also by funding WFP’s work in tackling urgent hunger needs and helping the hungry poor to access affordable and nutritious food.

WFP Executive Director Josette Sheeran said that with the number of hungry people in the world expected to top one billion this year, John Kufuor's support comes at a crucial juncture.  She added that Ambassador Kufuor will emphasise the need to provide good nutrition for children in school.

"Walks the walk"

“John Kufuor not only talks the talk, but walks the walk,” Sheeran said. “Ghana is a leader in nourishing its children and Ambassador Kufuor can be a leader in getting others to follow his good work.”

WFP Ambassadors against Hunger demonstrate commitment to the global fight against hunger. They reach out to world leaders as well as the general public, using their talent, skills and public persona to generate awareness and support for WFP. John Kufuor joins a powerful team of WFP ambassadors including sporting legends such as the marathon runner, Paul Tergat and the footballer, Kakà; former U.S. Senator, George McGovern, and the actress, Drew Barrymore.

Learn about WFP's other ambassadors