Burkina Faso President pays tribute to the EPFL

EPFL Chairman Sir David Richards and EPFL CEO Emanuel Medeiros during their field visit to Burkina Faso, March 2011
EPFL Chairman Sir David Richards and EPFL CEO Emanuel Medeiros during their field visit to Burkina Faso, March 2011

Burkina Faso President pays tribute to the EPFL for its effort in the fight against hunger in the Sahel region

In a letter addressed to the EPFL Chairman Sir David Richards, the President of Burkina Faso Blaise Compaoré congratulated the European Professional Football Leagues for the initiatives developed with the Food and Agriculture Organisation of the UN (FAO) and the European Commission’s Humanitarian Aid and Civil Protection Department (ECHO) in the fight against hunger, in the Sahel Region.

“The commitment of your Association in the pursuit of a response to the tragedy of hunger through high-level sporting events reinforces the hope of the Sahel’s populations to get out from this difficult situation and improve quality of life” wrote Mr. Compaoré in his letter.

This year’s “Professional Football Against Hunger” campaign is sounding the alarm on the Sahel to avoid the repetition of the humanitarian catastrophe which recently affected the Horn of Africa and  during which tens of thousands lives could have been saved with a prompt reaction from the international community.

EPFL Chairman Sir David Richards and Goodwill Ambassador Hristo Stoichkov in field visit to Burkina Faso, March 2011
EPFL Chairman Sir David Richards and Goodwill Ambassador Hristo Stoichkov in field visit to Burkina Faso, March 2011

On March 2011, Sir David Richards and Emanuel Macedo de Medeiros, respectively Chairman and CEO of the EPFL, visited some EU-funded FAO projects in Burkina Faso. The EPFL delegation, which on the occasion was accompanied by the Campaign’s Ambassador and formed 1994 European Player of the year Hristo Stoichkov, had the opportunity to witness the humanitarian work performed by the European Commission and FAO to rebuilt the livelihoods of people affected by the 2010 food crisis in the Sahel.

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