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UN food agency mourns passing of Nelson Mandela

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The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) today is mourning the loss of President Nelson Mandela. WFP, in a statement today said Mandela was "a champion against injustice and a true ally in the fight against hunger."

Mandela delivered a special message to WFP's staff in 2004, stating, "Hunger is an issue of social justice and not economics. Our economic approach to food and its distribution reflects our basic moral values. There are relatively poor countries where almost everyone is reasonably fed and richer ones where there is widespread malnutrition. The economic systems in these countries vary. Those who have succeeded have done so because they have made it a priority to end it. Hunger is a moral issue.”

WFP, the largest food aid organization, says Mandela has been a motivational force. The UN food agency fights hunger in over 80 countries. Currently, WFP is leading massive relief missions in the Philippines following Typhoon Haiyan and for Syrian war victims.

"President Mandela’s concern was always for the most vulnerable and disadvantaged people in the world," the WFP said today.

WFP's Sophia Robele features a story at their web site about an agriculture project inspired by Mandela's leadership.

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