More than 60.000 people participated in the Zero Hunger Walk held in Tegucigalpa. After a beautiful speech which conveyed her commitment to the most vulnerable families of Honduras, Ana de Hernandez, the First Lady of Honduras, cut the ribbon that marked the beginning of the 10th Annual Zero Hunger Walk in Honduras. The Zero Hunger Walk reaffirms Honduras’ commitment to the Zero Hunger Challenge, an initiative launched by Ban Ki Moon, the United Nations Secretary General.
The First Lady, along with government officials, international organizations representatives, diplomatic corporations, UN agency representatives, civil society representatives, and private enterprise representatives; collectively joined together to promote awareness regarding different initiatives, programmes, and projects implemented by the Government of Honduras with the World Food Programme and the FAO to ensure a better life for thousands of families living with food insecurity in Honduras. The Zero Hunger Walk 2014 aimed to raise national and international awareness of the global issue of hunger; while also carrying a message of hope and solidarity: that hunger and malnutrition can be reduced with activities that enable the poorest families to become involved in the sustainable development of their own environment and their own communities through family farming that ensures a better quality of life.
"Working with the Government of Honduras to ensure a better future for thousands of children living in food insecurity is part of our mandate and commitment as the World Food Programme. We congratulate the Government of Honduras for their focus and programmes in the care of sectors within the society that need it most. Thanks to these commitments of the government and the private sector, we are convinced that the Zero Hunger goal will be achieved by Honduras "said Pasqualina Di Sirio, WFP Representative.
“The only acceptable number is Zero Hunger, in that sense we doubled our efforts and work together as agencies of the United Nations, government, private sector, NGOs, and donors to achieve our goal of eradicating hunger and reducing poverty in the country,” said Maria Julia Cardenas Barrios, FAO Representative in Honduras.
Furthermore, this event allowed companies to show their commitment to the cause by walking not only as officers and employees but also as families all united by a single cause, "the children of Honduras". More than 50 companies sponsored the Zero Hunger Walk, an event that brought together more than 60 thousand people to engage themselves with the Zero Hunger Challenge.