Zero Hunger was given top-billing, and more than US$204 million in commitments were announced. Madagascar, whose 49% child stunting rate is one of Africa’s highest, committed US$40 million over the next three years to tackle that endemic hunger. Lesotho and Namibia promised to fully fund their World Food Programme (WFP)-supported school feeding programmes going forward, representing annual budgetary outlays of US$13 million and US$7 million respectively.
Beyond the concert, WFP’s delegation, headed by Assistant Executive Director Valerie Guarnieri, led several events to outline progress made and challenges to ending hunger for all. WFP co-sponsored the House of Mandela Forever Young Gala at Nelson Mandela’s home. In her keynote at the event, Ms. Guarneri acknowledged the leadership of Mandela’s grandson Kweku and his daughter, Dr. Makaziwe Mandela, in their actions to lift the burden of hunger.