Launching GROW: Perth

Campaigning for change article written on the 03 Jun 2011

Photo: OxfamAUS

Oxfam volunteers in Perth got active (and wet) for the GROW campaign which was launched on June 1st in countries around the world.

The campaign aims to end global hunger permanently by changing the way governments and businesses grow, share and manage food and other natural resources. A key pillar of the campaign is to provide more assistance to small scale farmers who make up more than 80% of the worlds people who suffer from hunger. Controlling spirally food prices and climate change are also in the sights of the campaign.

Laxmi Karki from Nepal was one of a dozen volunteers who turned up in the rain to form the word GROW out of 400 cabbage, cauliflower and broccoli seedlings at the Perth Cultural Centre, before giving them away to the public along with the new booklet explaining the campaign.

“Many small scale farmers in Nepal have difficulty growing food because of erratic weather caused by climate change. Rich countries must act on climate change and provide assistance to help these farmers adapt to changing conditions they face” – Laxmi Karki

We need to grow a movement to fix the broken food system and address key economic and environmental problems that stop people growing and accessing food. There is no excuse why we can’t feed the world when there is so much wasted and more than enough for everyone if we plan things properly.

So join us in GROWing a better future.