Jackie Chan visits agriculture projects in Ethiopia

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Addis Ababa, 24 March 2014 (WIC) - International Kungfu superstar Jackie Chan and nine members of his team including the Blive Global Initiative visited projects of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) in Ethiopia for three days.
On March 20, 2014, in the capital, Addis Ababa, Jackie Chan and his team were welcomed by State Minister of Agriculture of Ethiopia Mitiku Kassa and FAO Sub-regional Coordinator for Eastern Africa and Representative in Ethiopia to AU and ECA, Modibo Traoré.
The visitors were shown some of FAO projects in the country and held in-depth discussions with the beneficiaries, FAO staff and experts on the ground about the implementation of the projects, their impact and the need for long-term and sustainable development.
FAO has long been working closely with the Ethiopian government to reduce hunger and achieve food security in the country. As an old Chinese saying goes, “teaching one to fish is better than giving him fish.” FAO provides technical assistance in agriculture and rural development, helping poor and food insecure people achieve food security and self-reliance, with remarkable achievements. 
Over the past three decades, Jackie Chan has been actively engaged in charity work while working on filmmaking. He has helped numerous disadvantaged groups around the world who suffered disease, hunger, poverty, natural disasters and the consequences of war. April 7, 2014 is his 60th birthday. He hopes to continue his work and to celebrate the big day with his friends.
World peace has always been the biggest wish of Jackie Chan. With this wish, Jackie Chan Charitable Foundation together with Blive Global Initiative Foundation, will invite non-profit organizations, media as well as superstars to launch a campaign-“Peace and Love Season – Feeding the World Initiative”.
FAO, as one of the beneficiary organizations of the Initiative, is ready to join forces with the two Foundations to fight against hunger. The campaign is a platform that will show good replicable practices of sustainable projects and to show small contributions can make a long lasting difference.
Meanwhile, Jackie Chan and his friends will also call for public involvement, in which La and Zy, two panda mascots will be passed in selected cities and universities. Public can interact with La and Zy along six routes (five in China and one abroad) to speak out everyone’s vision of “Peace and love”. “Peace and Love” campaign will begin when La and Zy arrive in Beijing. (NBE)

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