By Novell Zwange – JOHANNESBURG – The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) today named South African actress Hlubi Mboya as its National Ambassador Against Hunger.
“I come from a family with a legacy of helping those in need. Let us all as a South African family stand united against hunger,” said Mboya, adding that in 2009 WFP had made record purchases of maize in South Africa to feed millions of hungry people across Africa.
“Almost all the world’s undernourished people live in developing countries with 239 million of them in sub-Saharan Africa,” Mboya said. “Through all our efforts, we can stand up for those in need and bring those numbers down until not one child goes to bed hungry.”
A celebrity partner of WFP since 2008, Mboya has helped to raise awareness about WFP’s work by participating in various campaigns including a trip in 2009 to see WFP staff and projects in Mozambique where she listened to people who received WFP food assistance.
“I am pleased that Hlubi Mboya is now WFP’s National Ambassador Against Hunger in South Africa,” said WFP Deputy Executive Director for Hunger Solutions Sheila Sisulu during a visit to Ethiopia. “We would like to welcome her to the WFP family.”
The popular TV presenter and actress has a strong record of public service and social activism.