AMSTERDAM -- U2 frontman Bono Vox took the chance to get up-to-date on global hunger this week by chatting with WFP’s head, Josette Sheeran, before going on stage for the Irish band’s sell-out concert in Amsterdam.
During their meeting, Sheeran gave the singer one of the distinctive red cups which symbolise WFP’s ‘Fill the Cup’ campaign to raise funds to help the 66 million children in the world who go to school hungry.
Bono noted that the number of hungry people in the world is “rising fast” and expressed admiration for WFP’s work providing free meals to more than 20 million children in school every year.
Sheeran and Peter Bakker, head of WFP’s corporate partner TNT, met Bono backstage at Amsterdam’s ArenA stadium, where U2 played the ninth show in their current European tour to tens of thousands of fans.
When Bono asked about WFP’s work in Eastern Congo, Sheeran explained how the agency buys food from small farmers in that country to give to people displaced by conflict, thus boosting the local economy as well as responding to urgent hunger needs.
Activism for Africa
Bono is widely known for his activism in seeking solutions to the problems afflicting Africa. He co-founded DATA,an NGO aimed at eliminating third world debt, and the ONE Campaign, which aims to increase US funding for international aid programmes.
He has organized and played in several benefit concerts and has often met with influential politicians as part of his efforts to drum up support for development causes.