Actor Idris Elba and his wife Sabrina Dhowre Elba on Monday urged business and political leaders to provide more investment (not aid) support to the world’s poorest countries.
At the opening ceremony of the World Economic Forum (WEF) annual meeting in the Swiss mountain resort of Davos, the Elbas were honored for their commitment to environmental protection, food security and climate change.
The couple, who are goodwill ambassadors for the United Nations International Fund for Agricultural Development, urged annual summit attendees to provide swift financial assistance to those affected by food shortages and climate change.
“The poor of this world are not just looking for help and assistance, they are looking for investment,” said Idris Elba.
“We understand the power and change that can come from this space…we can move with agility and speed, and your speed is needed right now,” his star in Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom and Beasts of No Nation.” added.
Sabrina Dhowre Elba highlighted food crises in Somalia, Haiti, Sudan and elsewhere, focusing on the plight of smallholder farmers who lack access to the resources they need but produce a third of the planet’s food.
“We’re here in Davos to shine a spotlight on people and countries that don’t make as many headlines as my husband,” she said, looking at her partner.