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Tamim named WFP goodwill ambassador

  • Published at 04:05 pm June 1st, 2020
Tamim Iqbal WFP

While working as the National Goodwill Ambassador Tamim will have the opportunity to see first-hand, how WFP, in support of the Government, is working to reach Zero Hunger

Bangladesh men's ODI captain Tamim Iqbal has been named as the National Goodwill Ambassador for the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) in Bangladesh. The announcement was made on Monday afternoon.

“I am honoured to be named National Goodwill Ambassador for WFP - the United Nations agency that fights hunger worldwide, including my own country Bangladesh,” said left-handed opener Tamim in a press release. 

"While Bangladesh has made impressive economic growth in the recent years, poverty is still rampant, especially in rural parts of the country. For many, the current COVID-19 crisis is making their lives much more challenging. I hope to do my part to help WFP fight hunger and restore hope for families and communities that need our support,” the opening Bangladesh batsman added.

With Bangladesh suffering from the coronavirus pandemic, Tamim has been vocal coming in support of the people affected taking different initiatives at different times. 

While working as the National Goodwill Ambassador Tamim will have the opportunity to see first-hand how WFP, in support of the Government, is working to reach Zero Hunger. Tamim will raise awareness about WFP programmes in Bangladesh which cover 64 districts across the country through its school feeding, nutrition, livelihoods, and refugee operations in Cox’s Bazar.

“As an accomplished athlete, beloved by many both inside and outside Bangladesh, Tamim brings with him not only his popularity and reach, but his incredible work ethic, compassion and humanitarian spirit. We couldn’t be more thrilled to have him joining our WFP family,” said Richard Ragan, Country Representative and Director for WFP Bangladesh.

WFP has been working in Bangladesh since 1974 and has helped more than 155 million vulnerable and food-insecured people. In 2019, WFP  assisted more than 1.7 million people in Bangladesh.

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