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Iranian artists to commemorate World Food Day

Source: Tehran Times

Over 100 Iranian artists will showcase their artworks in an exhibition at Tehran's Niavaran Cultural Center to commemorate World Food Day on October 16.

Press conference by the organizers of the event

The week-long exhibit has been arranged to help the United Nations World Food Program fight hunger among children in the famine stricken regions of the world, the director of the WFP Country Office in Iran, Negar Gerami, announced in a press conference held on Tuesday.

"Over 800 million people are facing famine, while there is sufficient food for everyone in the world, and we aim to eradicate hunger in the world," she said.

Iran is not a country suffering from hunger. "This does not mean that we should be indifferent to this dilemma. That is why every year we make efforts to draw the attention of the public to this issue," she added.

Also in the conference, the artistic director of the program Shokufeh Malek-Kianii said that the artists are offering their works at reasonable prices and all the private collectors and public sectors are warmly welcomed to this project.

"A variety of artworks selected by the artists will be on display at the exhibit", she said, adding that the artworks have been priced by the artists themselves.

Elsewhere in her remarks, Malek-Kianii said that the project was supported by 32 artists last year, and the number has increased to 100 this year.

Artist Parivash Ganji, who is collaborating in this project, also made a brief speech, saying that when there is pain anywhere in the world, the artists show reactions. "We have felt this pain today and have portrayed this agony in our works."

Nahid Aryan, Shima Esfandiari, Simin Ekrami, Minu Emami, Bahram Dabiri, Hamed Rashtian, Mohamamd Salahshur, Asal Fallah and Ario Farzi are among the participating artists.

Family Farming is the focus of World Food Day 2014. The World Food Program is the food assistance branch of the United Nations and it is the world's largest humanitarian organization addressing hunger.


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