January 9th, 2015 by Marc Wegerif Posted in Uncategorized | No Comments »
Winners of Ethiopia's Female Food Heroes competition with Hamelmal, legendary singer and Female Food Hero Ambassador. Hamelmal says: "The women we celebrate today are the real heroes of the nation and I am delighted to be working with them”
I was privileged, one morning not so long ago, to meet eight great women, each from a different region of Ethiopia. Given their different languages and dialects it was necessary for each to have an interpreter and still not one of the interpreters spoke English, communication was not going to be easy for me, but that was hardly the priority. By the end of the two weeks together the women had learnt to work together. Across their different languages, religions and cultures they had one thing in common; they were all Female Food Heroes, selected because they have excelled in agricultural production. Despite facing the many challenges that women food producers encounter these women are all role models working to produce the food that feeds their communities and nation.
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