On Sunday 21 May residents of Accra will walk through the capital as part of a global initiative to raise awareness about child hunger. The walk will start at 16.00 at the Golden Tulip Hotel on Liberation Road near the airport before passing through Ridge and Osu and ending at Independence Square. Other walks are taking place in Kpandu, Somanya and Tamale in Volta, Eastern and Northern regions respectively.
Organised by the World Food Programme (WFP), the emergency food aid arm of the United Nations, Walk the World is an annual initiative aiming to persuade policy makers and governments to focus more funds and resources on feeding children. It is founded on the first of eight millennium goals agreed by the United Nations in September 2000 to halve the number of hungry and malnourished people around the world by 2015. An estimated 300 million children currently do not have enough to eat, according to WFP. This means not only that they are highly vulnerable to disease and premature death but also that they are likely to under-perform at school and so to miss out on the opportunities which even basic education can provide. This year there will be over 400 walks in 116 countries around the world, including Ethiopia, Kenya, Mozambique and South Africa. For more information see the website www.fighthunger.org.