2 May 2017
Growing Change: female empowerment through farming and social enterprise
A Food [at] Sydney event presented with the Sydney Environment Institute
Early in her life Chido Govera realised the importance of food to community. Mushroom farming enabled her not only to feed her family in Zimbabwe and attain independence, but to create a healthier environment through managing food waste. For many years Chido has shared her unique skills and experiences with women throughout Africa and globally as an educator and mentor.
Chido will join Sydney Ideas for a conversation with University of Sydney food politics researcher Alana Mann to discuss how engagement in small scale agro-ecological methods of farming can empower women, benefit the environment, and contribute to food sovereignty and food security.
After the conversation Chido will be joined by University of Sydney human rights scholar Danielle Celeremajer, and international education researcher Tim Allender to continue the discussion, before an audience Q&A.
ABOUT THE SPEAKER:
Chido Govera is a farmer, campaigner, and educator who teaches mushroom cultivation to thousands of people from across the world, from her native Zimbabwe to Colombia. Govera began mushroom farming at the age of 11 having been orphaned at age 8 in Mutare, Zimbabwe. By age 16 she was using her profits from mushroom cultivation to single-handedly provide for her grandmother and send her brothers to school. Her amazing story has inspired communities in Zimbabwe, Tanzania, India, Colombia, and the Democratic Republic of Congo, to grow mushrooms as a sustainable means of providing food and income. She is the founder of the Future of Hope Foundation, working with young women around the world to become change agents, promote responsibility for themselves and see possibilities around them.
Chido Govera's visit to Australia is assisted by MAD. MAD (taken from the Danish word for “food”) is a nonprofit organization that convenes a global cooking community with a social conscience, a sense of curiosity, and an appetite for change.
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