Jackie Chan joins forces with FAO to fight against hunger

Source:Xinhua Published: 2014-3-23 8:41:24

International Kungfu superstar and renowned Hollywood film actor Jackie Chan along with the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) and other partners set to fight against and end hunger in the world.

Jackie Chan and nine members of his team including the Blive Global Initiative arrived Thursday in Ethiopia's capital Addis Ababa for official visit to the East African country.

The actor and his delegation were warmly received by Mitiku Kassa, Ethiopian State Minister of Agriculture, and also Modibo Traore, FAO Sub-regional Coordinator for Eastern Africa and Representative in Ethiopia, to the African Union (AU) and Economic Commission for Africa (ECA).

"FAO has been working closely with the Ethiopian government to reduce hunger and achieve food security in the country, whereby FAO provides technical assistance in agriculture and rural development, helping poor and food secure people achieve food security and self-reliance, with remarkable achievements," said a press release distributed in connection with Jackie Chan's official visit.

At the conclusion of his three-day visit to Ethiopia, Jackie Chan later Saturday was speaking at a press conference in Addis Ababa, where he emphasized on the need to join efforts to fight against and end hunger across the world.

He underlined that there should be combined and harmonized effort to completely defeat hunger in the globe that people cherish better life.

Over the past three decades, Jackie Chan has been actively engaged in charity work while working on film making. He has helped numerous disadvantaged groups around the world who suffered disease, hunger, poverty, natural disasters and consequences of war.

During the press conference, Jackie Chan underscored that ending hunger, peace and love are his dreams he pursues to realize across the globe.

Jackie Chan said he would do more activities in the coming times to realize his dream of ending hunger and also in peace and love across the world, including among others organizing charity concert, peace and love concert.

Speaking on the occasion, Modibo Traore, FAO Sub-regional Coordinator for Eastern Africa, appreciated Jackie Chan's philanthropic activities besides his success in the film industry. "Besides his tremendous success as a movie actor, Jackie Chan is also a big philanthropist that has been involved in charity work for more than 30 years," he said.

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