After surviving COVID-19, actor and UN ambassador Idris Elba is raising funds for rural farmers affected by the pandemic. Last Monday, he helped launch a $40 million fund for the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD). According to the actor, “It is about the basic necessity for human beings, and that will run out if the farmers can’t farm.”
The IFAD is a UN agency that promotes rural development in developing countries. Together with his wife, Sabrina Dhowre Elba, they aim to raise at least $200 million to help with the initiative. With this, he is also calling on richer countries to help and provide aid to prevent “needless hunger and suffering.”
In a statement, Idris Elba said, “The world’s advanced economies are in the midst of this pandemic right now and, of course, they must do everything they can to help their own people.” He adds, “But the fact is, global action is also a matter of self-interest. As long as the pandemic is still raging anywhere, it will pose a threat everywhere.”
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