Manila’s famous chefs foodies and bloggers came together today to help launch Oxfam’s 2013 Food Heroes calendar at Milkyway Bar and Restaurant in Makati City. The launch coincides with the celebration of the International Rural Women’s Day on October 15.
Each month features a rural woman food producer and a recipe made from her produce by renowned Filipino chefs. For example, chef Jay Gamboa shared his Organic Puffed Brown Rice for February. Steph Zubiri shared her Onion Jam and her Squash, Eggplant and Green Bean Lemongrass Curry recipes for the months of March and June.
“The Food Heroes Calendar is our way of thanking women farmers and fishers who tirelessly toil everyday for everyone to have something to cook and eat. We encourage everyone to support this project by buying this calendar and give them as Christmas gifts to their families and friends,” says Zubiri during the launch.
“When Steph (Zubiri) first broached the idea to Oxfam about this Food Heroes Calendar, we in Oxfam got really excited because this project is something innovative and creative and is a fitting tribute to the unheralded works of Filipino rural women,” says Kala Pulido-Constantino, Oxfam’s Advocacy, Campaigns and Communications Programme Coordinator.
The Food Heroes Calendar is part of Oxfam’s GROW campaign, a campaign for better ways to grow, manage and consume food. It is a campaign for the billions of us who eat food and over a billion of men and women who grow it, to share solutions for a more hopeful future in which everyone always has enough to eat. To realize the vision of a future where everyone always has enough to eat, we have to change the way we grow. We must make practical positive changes in how we produce, consume, share and manage food and other resources.