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Around the world, in over 40 countries, thousands of people are participating in events to celebrate the joy and power of food.
On Saturday 15th October, just ahead of World Food Day on the 16th, Oxfam launched GROW Week. Every day we’ll be showing you what’s going on around the world – an international celebration of food with daily blogs, photo roundups, competitions and loads of ways to get involved and take action.
Follow GROW Week around the world right through this widget here!
Here’s a taste of what's happening around the world:
- Thousands of bloggers across the world will come together to talk about food for Blog Action Day on 16th October.
- The crowning of a female food hero in Tanzania
- Campaign picnics and breakfasts in Belgium
- A women's market in the Philippines
- GROW dinner parties in Italy, Australia, Canada, the UK and the USA
- A public dinner in Armenia
- Conference debates and filmmaking in Russia
- A youth food photo competition in Vietnam
- Research from Nigeria on the affects of rising food prices
- A restaurant cook-off in Burkina Faso
- A rural women’s assembly in South Africa
- A food market in Guatemala
- A photography exhibition in El Salvador
Plus lots, lots more…
Host a GROW dinner
How can you get involved yourself? Host a GROW dinner during GROW Week. Make it a meal that fosters a conversation about where your food comes from, who cultivates it, and how we can make the food system more just and sustainable. We've even prepared some nifty resources to bring your dinner party to life.
- GROW Week introduction
- GROW Week leaflet
- GROW Week placemat (A3)
- GROW Week placemat (A4)
- GROW Week recipe card
You never know where the conversation around food can take you! Our friend @KateScarlata_RD sent us this great example of "getting out there to meet your farmer." And our own Duncan Green kicks off Blog Action Day 2011 – focused on food! – with this piece on investing in small farmers.
We’re doing all this as part of the GROW campaign – a global movement of people and organizations determined to tackle the root causes of hunger and the vested interests that keep people hungry.