Bono and Bob Geldof threw their support behind a European Commission plan Monday to give nearly $1.5 billion to African farmers.

The Irish rock stars-turned-activists sat by EU Commission President Jose Manuel Barroso as he presented a new plan to utilize the nearly $1.5 billion that Europe has set aside for its farmer subsidies and give it as aid to African farmers, helping buy fertilizer and seeds.

"These African farmers are just scratching in the dirt," Bono, U2 frontman and outspoken advocate of aid for Africa, told reporters at a New York news conference. He said there are 935 million people around the world who are chronically malnourished, with 75 million of them just added this year.

Bono and Geldof will be around the United Nations this week, helping promote and present the proposal with Barroso.