Acclaimed chef, author and Oxfam Ambassador Kylie Kwong is challenging Australians to imagine life cooking recipes with only one vegetable, as part of her support of the international aid agency’s new ‘Stop Hunger’ Appeal.
“Many poor communities around the world are surviving on only one type of vegetable and are at severe risk of hunger and malnutrition because they do not have access to the diverse range of produce that we take for granted in Australia,” Ms Kwong said.
“I passionately believe that by providing people with the skills and knowledge to grow and prepare nutritious food, we can stop hunger.
“Oxfam Australia is helping children eat a healthy balanced diet, and helping local farmers and fishermen generate an income so that they can provide for their families.
“As a proud supporter of Oxfam, I encourage people to donate to the Stop Hunger Appeal and help end poverty.”
Oxfam Australia Executive Director Andrew Hewett said the Stop Hunger Appeal aimed to raise almost $2 million that will help Oxfam ensure that people in poor countries such as Timor-Leste have enough to eat.
“Before Oxfam started working in Lontale, a village in Timor-Leste, people in the community relied on a single source of food, often just having the choice between rice, maize or pumpkin,” Mr Hewett said.
“Oxfam has been training people in gardening and nutrition and how to sell their produce at local markets, so that they can now grow a variety of vegetables which they can eat or sell allowing them to escape the poverty cycle.”
In Timor-Leste, over one-third of the population regularly experience food shortages at a time of the year known as the “hungry season”.
While this period typically lasts two to three months before communities harvest maize and rice in March and April, late and insufficient rainfalls, locusts, and environmental degradation are making periods of food shortage even longer.
According to the World Food Program, in Timor-Leste approximately 47 per cent of children under the age of five are chronically malnourished.
Supporters of the appeal can access a free recipe from Kylie Kwong’s upcoming book It Tastes Better available from July at oxfam.org.au, that celebrates the diverse range of produce that we take for granted in Australia.
For Oxfam media enquiries contact Oxfam Australia Media Coordinator Sunita Bose on 0407 555 960. For media enquiries about Kylie Kwong contact Rachel Tys at Penguin on 0432 460 796.