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.
Here’s just a flavour of what’s coming up in Asia, to whet your appetite for the next week…
- In Bangladesh, seminar at Dhaka University on 16 October 2012 will engage student bloggers and launch a Bangla GROW-themed song will be aired on national TV and radio.
- Our team in Indonesia are celebrating a month of action on the theme Good Food is Local Food, in an effort to raise awareness about self-sufficiency and local production. There will be a series of creative activities, including a social media festival, a food film festival, a Youth Live-In and a young farmers festival. Find out more on our Facebook page, or follow us on Twitter: @SocMedFest, @desasejahtera
- World Food Day in Myanmar will be marked by the Food Security Working Group.
- Nepal will see district level events organised throughout the week, plus a national workshop on 18 October.
- In Pakistan, we’ll see multiple events, including a seminar on agricultural labour rights for small farmers, a food security seminar and a food security march.
- Philippines will celebrate a Women’s Market during GROW week, to promote and celebrate small-scale women producers. We’re also launching a rural women’s calendar, with the support of many Filippino celebrity chefs. Find out more here, check out ourFacebook page or follow us on Twitter.
- In Sri Lanka, our partner the People’s Alliance for Right to Land is leading a number of events for GROW Week.
- Vietnam, our national GROW report will be launched on World Food Day. Read the reporthere, or check out our Facebook page.