Tamim Iqbal, Bangladeshi cricket star and current captain of the country's one day international team, has been appointed as National Goodwill Ambassador for the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) in Bangladesh, said a press release.
"I am honoured to be named as National Goodwill Ambassador for WFP -- the UN agency that fights hunger worldwide, including my own country," said Tamim in the WFP statement yesterday.
"While Bangladesh has made impressive economic growth in 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."
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 64 districts, covering 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," says Richard Ragan, country representative and director of WFP Bangladesh.
WFP has been working in Bangladesh since 1974 and has helped more than 155 million vulnerable and food-insecure people. In 2019, WFP assisted more than 1.7 million people in the country.