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GROW Week is back for 2012 and it’s bigger than ever before! Thousands of people in over 40 countries are celebrating not just the power of food, but also the land where it’s grown.
GROW Week 2012 kicked off on Monday 15th October, just before World Food Day, for a week of celebration and inspiration, bringing together farmers, bloggers, consumers, cooks and campaigners.
Every day, we’ll bring you a roundup of what’s happening where, with twice-daily blogs, photos and loads of ways to get involved and take action.
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Here’s just a flavor of what's happening this week:
- The second annual Koudou de Faso, a food festival and cooking competition celebrating local food in Burkina Faso
- Hunger Banquets in Milan and Rome, Italy
- The Grand Finale of the Female Food Heroes competition in Tanzania
- A week of action on sustainable consumption in Indonesia
- Land grab stunts in Canada and Spain
- In Latin America, the South American Football Confederation will celebrate World Food Day with Oxfam and partners
- A cooking competition to find the best local chef in Azerbaijan
- World Food Day dinners across America
- The launch of the second annual Making Food Markets GROW Award in Nigeria
- Restaurant and DIY meals to raise awareness about food
- A celebration of Filipino food heroes and culinary ingenuity with chef Stephanie Zubiri in the Philippines
- Launch of the GROW Method in Brazil
Keep an eye out for updates. There’ll be lots, lots more!
More about GROW Week
At its heart, GROW is about food. We all love food. We love eating it, love sharing it, love growing it and love celebrating it. We are all passionate too about the land where we live our life, grow and harvest our food. From our first bites to our most memorable dinners, it’s a part of all our lives. Food joins friends, families and communities together all over the world. It’s a part of all our customs and traditions. This makes it powerful. And this is what GROW Week is all about. From 15 to 21 October, people around the world will be celebrating both the food we eat and the land where this food is produced, and calling for the change we need to build a better future, where everyone has enough to eat, always.
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.