Dr. Fadel El-Zubi: Making a difference one project at a time
I was really impressed to find more highly ranked Jordanian Officials on twitter now a days, including Her Majesty Queen Rania Al-Abdullah, Jordan’s Foreign Minister Nasser Judeh, Mayor of Amman, Omar Maani, Minister of ICT and Marwan Juma have been active tweeps and have many dedicated followers. It was therefore no surprise for me to find out that Jordan’s very own Dr. Fadel El-Zubi (Head of Mission for FAO-Iraq) is tweeting as well.
Although I don’t know Dr. El-Zubi on a personal level or never met him for the fact. I happen to know three of his sons, and judging by the way they conduct themselves in public, and the way they have been raised to be men, I can tell he’s a role model inside the home and outside, making him one of my most hard topics to blog about, as I have read a lot online, and have no clue where to start.
Perhaps one of the most attractive factors that has caught my attention was his second tweet on twitter “Sign here http://www.1billionhungry.org to join FAO’S GLOBAL CAMPAIGN AGAINST HUNGER”.
After reading that the United Nations World Food Programme (UNWFP) has decided to withdraw humanitarian aid in Iraq for low funding, I was outrageous; according to the UNWFP official website they will “significantly cut programs that benefit Iraqi school children and malnourished children under the age of five.” Personally I find it quite ironic that they will be withdrawing the funding at the same time the U.S withdrawal of troops from Iraq is taking place, also during the end of August. But let’s not get into politics am more of a humanitarian with a heart that sees good in everyone rather than a politician that over analyzes everything.
Caroline Legros, a WFP officer in Iraq says, “The plan of reaching 1.76 million beneficiaries (960,000 primary school children and 800,000 pregnant/nursing women, malnourished children under 5, and their families) has been revised to just under 300,000 beneficiaries in total.”
Although I probably have lost a bit of faith in regards to the UNWFP initiatives, given the fact that I was one of the organizers of the UNWFP Fundraising Gala Dinner in Amman earlier this March which was dedicated towards the School Feeding Project to be implement this fall. I still feel that the FAO in Iraq under the leadership of great men such as Dr. Fadel El-Zubi could make a difference.
With a budget of $840 to be spent in 2010/2011; on Developing Iraqi agricultural and agro-industrial data, information systems and analytical capacities and yet another $436,000 to be spent also by FAO on Supporting policy consultation and actions to boost sustainable use of water and energy resources for agricultural production and livelihood improvement in the Near East and North Africa Region in the context of climate change, I believe the FAO could be making a huge difference in a country that has been occupied for the last couple of years, war zones always need major funding and direction to some seriously sustainable development projects in order to continue growing in the future.
Dr. El-Zubi’s latest work included a proposed Ninewa Governorate FAO Assistance Strategy for the development of the agriculture sector which was discussed at the Ninewa FAO Workshop.
Interest was shown in a variety of sectors which include Fisheries, Water Harvesting, Dairy and Small Ruminants, Seeds and Crops, Pasture and Range Lands and Agro-Industry. This just reminds me of the famous Idiom “Give a man a fish and you feed him for a day; teach a man to fish and you feed him for a lifetime.”
With that said, it is no surprise that there are still good men, actually great men out there struggling to making a difference in the world, one of which I find very dedicated to his job through projects is Dr. Fadel El-Zubi, fighting hunger and making a difference one project at a time.
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