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Tanzania’s Female Food Heroes

There were over 6000 applications for the prize of Mama Shujaa Wa Chakula – Tanzania’s “Female Food Hero,” a competition to recognise and celebrate the achievements of female food producers across the country. 11 finalists were chosen for their outstanding contribution to their community and agriculture, and their stories reached 25 million people in Tanzania, on radio, TV and in newspapers. 10,000 people voted for the winner, and the remarkable stories of these rural women farmers reached a nation. This short video shows how the winner Ester and the other 10 finalists proved that sometimes it is the unheard voices that make the loudest noise.

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Written by Mwanahamisi Salimu

Mwanahamisi Salimu

Mwanahamisi is the Tanzania coordinator of Oxfam's GROW campaign for a fairer food system

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  1. This sounds like a lovely initiative.It would have been nice to hear the women themselves speaking, given that it’s about giving them a voice!

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