Archive for August, 2013


A Global Citizenship Programme on Food Justice

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With more than seven billion people in the world, one in every eight goes hungry every day. GROW@HKU is a global citizenship programme co-organised by CEDARS and Oxfam Hong Kong in 2013-14 with the objectives to promote students’ awareness of food justice and inspire them to build a fair and sustainable food system that everyone on the planet has enough to eat.

Under the main theme of food justice, a series of educational and thought-provoking activities are organised to nurture HKU students to become global citizens with critical thinking on the causes of hunger and food crisis, social responsibility on the broken food system and commitment to combat food injustice. Through these activities, HKU students will become part of the global momentum of advocating food justice, and help the alleviation of hunger in local and global communities.

Understanding Food Injustice Action Against Food Waste Advocate For Fair Trade Fight Against  Climate Change
Kick-off Ceremony of GROW@HKU Project Award Scheme
One-Eighth Exhibition Bread Run Night and Visit to the Food Bank of Feeding Hong Kong Fair Valentine’s Day Campaign “A Cloud on the Horizon” Participatory Drama Workshop
Guided Tour of One-Eighth Exhibition and Green Route@HKU Film Appreciation: “Taste the Waste” “Taste the Fairness”: Fair Trade Wine Tasting Workshop Talk on “Less Climate Change, Less Poverty”
GROW@HKU Lectures Food Waste Upcycling Workshop: Turn Used Cooking Oil into Soap Fair Trade Film Screening: Black Gold
“Food Justice. Good Practice” Cooking Competition
Food Sharing Night and Visit to the People Service Centre

Semester 2

Project Award Scheme

The Project Award Scheme, as part of GROW@HKU programme, aims to encourage HKU students to initiate and design their own projects to address the issue of food justice and build a fair and sustainable global food system. The project should focus on the underlying hunger causes of food waste, climate change and unfair trade, and ultimately support and favour the small-scale food producers. Each team may be awarded up to $30,000 to carry out the project. All teams that successfully complete the projects and submit their reports will receive a Certificate of Appreciation and be entitled to join the dialogue and dinner with representative(s) of Oxfam Hong Kong (2 places for each team). Two representatives of the “Best Project Team” will also be nominated to the summer internship programme in Oxfam Hong Kong in the summer of 2015.


Action Against Food Waste

Food Sharing Night and Visit to the People Service Centre

Around a third of the food produced in the world ends up wasted, yet there are almost 900 million hungry populations in the world. In Hong Kong, over 3,500 tonnes of food waste are being disposed of every day.
On this Food Sharing Night, you will help collect the unsold vegetables from the wet market in Shek Kip Mei, deliver them to the People Service Centre and directly distribute them to those in need. The event will provide you with a unique experience to interact with the food recipients, listen to their stories and understand how food sharing project benefit them and the community as a whole. You will also be inspired by the People Service Centre’s experiences and challenges on setting up food sharing project in Hong Kong. Participants are also encouraged to bring and donate wholesome and healthy food to the food recipients on the day.

Date: 18 March, 2014 (Tuesday)
Time: 6:30 p.m. – 9:30 p.m.
Venue: Concourse, Block 19, Shek Kip Mei Estate, Sham Shui Po
Language: Cantonese
(Non-Cantonese speaking students will be paired up with Cantonese speaking students)

Schedule of Night

Time Activity
6:15 p.m. Gather at Shek Kip Mei MTR Station (Exit A)
6:30 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. Briefing at People Service Centre
7:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. Food collection in wet market
8:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. Food distribution & interaction with food recipients
9:00 p.m. – 9:30 p.m. Sharing and round-up


** The event is co-organised with the People Service Centre (Website:, a community-based non-governmental organisation that offers support to the disadvantaged groups in Hong Kong.

Advocate For Fair Trade

* The following events under “Advocate For Fair Trade” are co-organised with Fair Trade Hong Kong Foundation (

“Taste the Fairness”: Fair Trade Wine Tasting Workshop

Appreciation of wine means more than a middle-class living style and hobby! It can be an ethical act and reflection on consumption and poverty. In this workshop, participants will taste 2 types of red wine and white wine respectively, and learn the story of fair trade wine – Thandi, which is a Xhosa word meaning ‘nurturing love’. Established in 1995, Thandi is a unique concept that brings land transformation and community development together to empower the local people in South Africa. Thandi is the first wine brand in the world to receive fair trade accreditation in 2003.

Fair trade wines are guaranteed to have been produced following strict social, environmental and economic standards. While you appreciate the different wines, you also learn about how your choice can help the producers and workers of emergent countries to become self-sufficient and avoid being taken advantage of.

Date: 10 February, 2014 (Monday)
Time: 6:00 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.
Venue: MW411, Meng Wah Complex
Fee: 30
Quota: 40

Fair Valentine’s Day Campaign

Are you looking forward to a meaningful Valentine’s Day this year? If yes, why not join this Fair Valentine’s Day Campaign to spread the love and fair message around? Fair Trade movement is the way to a sustainable future. If the Valentine’s Day is about love, why can’t lovers make ethical consumption and purchase fair trade gifts for each other? In comparison with the chocolate that sold in the unethical global supply chain, where cocoa farmers are exposed to pesticides and child labour is involved in the chocolate production, the purchase of fair trade chocolate can bring benefits to millions of farmers through fair prices and Fairtrade Premium invested in community projects. The environment can also be improved through a more sustainable farming approach.

In this event, you will give away Fair Trade Chocolate to the general public and invite them to take a photo with a Fair & Love slogan on 14 February. By doing so, you will help create a precious memory for lovers, empower them to become conscious participants in the global community of fair trade and increase awareness on trade justice in Hong Kong. Let’s share love and have a fair trade Valentine’s Day!

Part 1 – Briefing Session

Date: 7 February, 2014 (Friday)
Time: 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Venue: LE 2, Library Extension

Part 2 – Action on the Valentine’s Day (* All participants are required to join the briefing session!)

Date: 14 February, 2014 (Friday)
Time: - Session 1: 12:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.
- Session 2: 3:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Participants can join any or all sessions.
Venue: Tsim Sha Tsui (near the Hong Kong Cultural Centre)
Quota: 20

Fair Trade Film Screening: Black Gold

Multinational coffee companies now rule our shopping malls and supermarkets and dominate the industry worth over $80 billion, making coffee the most valuable trading commodity in the world after oil. While we continue to pay for our lattes and cappuccinos, the price paid to coffee farmers remains so low that many have been forced to abandon their coffee fields. Nowhere is this paradox more evident than in Ethiopia, the birthplace of coffee. “Black Gold: is a feature documentary about a man’s struggle to save his 74,000 Ethiopian coffee farmers from bankruptcy by traveling around the world to look for buyers who are willing to pay a fair price for the coffee. During the journey, the dominancy of multinational players, New York commodity traders, the international coffee exchanges, and the double dealings of trade ministers at the World Trade Organisation in the world’s coffee trade was revealed.

‘Black Gold’ premiered at the Sundance Film Festival in 2006 and has been screened in more than 60 international film festivals and released in over 40 countries around the world. It was the first feature documentary to send shockwaves through the global coffee industry, stirring consumers into unprecedented action, and changing the way millions of people and companies think about coffee.

Date: 21 March, 2014 (Friday)
Time: 6:30 p.m. – 8:45 p.m. (include sharing and discussion)
Venue: LE 8, Library Extension
Language: English (the film has both Chinese and English subtitles)

Fight Against Climate Change

“A Cloud on the Horizon” Participatory Drama Workshop

More than a pure environmental issue or a threat to lives of polar bears, climate change severely threatens the livelihood of poor people. In this drama workshop, you will use imagination and body language to get into the shoes of a group of citizens whose island country is about to disappear. You will explore the impacts of climate change on them, and discuss how international debates on the topic will affect the fate of poor people as well as how people in Hong Kong should respond to climate change.

The event will be held at the Interactive Education Centre (IEC) of Oxfam Hong Kong. IEC was established with the aims to provide young people with an opportunity to experience the living conditions of poor people, to understand issues on poverty and social development, and to reflect on how poverty relates to their everyday lives. IEC was awarded Gold Prize (Award for Arts Education) by Hong Kong Arts Development Council in 2009. Throughout the workshop, participants are expected to participate actively in simple acting, discussions and sharing.

Date: 25 February, 2014 (Tuesday)
Time: 6:30 p.m. – 9:30 p.m.
Venue: Interactive Education Centre, Oxfam Hong Kong, 9/F, China United Centre, 28 Marble Road, North Point, Hong Kong (10-minute walk from North Point MTR Station exit A4)
Language: English (supplement with Cantonese)

Schedule of Night

Time Activity
6:15 p.m. – 6:30 p.m. Registration
6:30 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. Process drama
(A method of teaching and learning drama in the form of role play. Participants and facilitators will exchange their roles and acts during the process.)
9:00 p.m. – 9:30 p.m. Reflection

Quota 40 (workshop will be cancelled if less than 15 participants)

Talk on “Less Climate Change, Less Poverty”

‘Climate is changing!’ It is an undeniable phenomenon that every single person of the global village is experiencing, but the degree of vulnerability towards climate changes varies. Sharing most benefits of the global economic development, the affluent world is looking on with folded arms, while the developing world is struggling with the disastrous impacts of climate change.

The speaker with his rich experience in the field of climate change will expose you to the situation of climate injustice and its impact on poverty and world hunger. He will also uncover how (un)accountable the leading countries are doing to fight against climate change from his first-hand experience in the United Nation Climate Change Conference held in Copenhagen in 2009. The talk will conclude with a discussion on how joint global and local effort can contribute to a fair and sustainable world with less poverty.

Date: 4 March, 2014 (Tuesday)
Time: 6:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.
Venue: LE 7, Library Extension
Speaker: Mr. Stanley So, Education Manager of Oxfam Hong Kong
Language: English


Semester 1

Understanding Food Injustice

Kick-off Ceremony of GROW@HKU

The ceremony took place at Sun Yat-sen Place on 29 October, 2013 to kick off the GROW@HKU Programme that includes a series of inspiring educational activities on the advocacy of food justice. The ceremony also marked the official opening of the ‘One-Eighth Exhibition’.

One-Eighth Exhibition

In 2013, hunger is still a reality for 1/8 of the world’s population. While we consume as 7/8 of the population, how do we look at the other 1/8? Through the medium of arts, Manfred Yuen (curator) and a group of conscientious artists from the community and HKU (including Bryan Poon, Cam Wong, Gwen Yip, KaCaMa, Kacey Wong, Gukzik Lau, Madeleine Marie Slavick, Martin Fung X Twins Kitchen, HK Honey, and Parallel Lab, etc. ) visualised their insights and concerns on global hunger and poverty in this “One-Eighth Exhibition” held at K. K. Leung Concourse during 29 October – 3 November, 2013.

Guided Tour of One-Eighth Exhibition and Green Route@HKU

Two guided tours were held on 31 October (Thursday) and 1 November, 2013 (Friday) to enable participants to learn deeper about the messages behind the “One-Eighth Exhibition” and the stories of the artists. They also visited the green features of HKU (including food waste decomposer, HKU rooftop Farm and Bijas, etc.) and reflected on some food justice issues through an interactive approach.

GROW@HKU Lectures

Lectures Topics Speakers
Lecture 1: Poverty and Food Budget 25 September, 2013 (Wednesday) Dr. Stephen Frederick Fisher, Director General of Oxfam Hong Kong
Lecture 2: GROW a Fairer Global Food System 29 October, 2013 (Tuesday) Ms Kalina Tsang, Senior Manager, Hong Kong Programme Unit, Oxfam Hong Kong
Lecture 3: Feeding Hong Kong to Fight Hunger and Food Waste 6 November, 2013 (Wednesday) Ms. Gabrielle Kirstein, Executive Director, Feeding Hong Kong
Lecture 4: Eating Green can Solve World Hunger? 20 November, 2013 (Wednesday) Mr. David Yeung, Co-Founder, Green Monday

Action Against Food Waste

Bread Run Night and Visit to the Food Bank of Feeding Hong Kong

37 HKU students joined the Bread Run Night on 22 October, 2013 and collected 870 pieces of bread and cake from bakeries across Hong Kong, Kowloon and the New Territories. The bread was then distributed by Feeding Hong Kong to those in need in the community. Students also had the chance to visit the food bank of Feeding Hong Kong, the first food bank in Hong Kong.

Film Appreciation: “Taste the Waste”

The film “Taste the Waste” by Valentin Thurn, a German filmmaker, uncovers the stories of huge quantities of food being destroyed every day. 20 students joined the screening session to discuss the ironic world situation of hunger and food waste, and taste the snacks made from food waste. Also a youth representative of Oxfam Hong Kong who conducted a project on food waste situation in the European Union recently shared her findings in the session.

Food Waste Upcycling Workshop: Turn Used Cooking Oil into Soap

In this workshop, over 30 participants had the first-hand experience of turning the used cooking oil collected from HKU canteen into soap. More than making their own soap that can be used for cleaning and hand washing, they helped extend the life of the used oil and learnt to upcycle food waste creatively.

“Food Justice. Good Practice” Cooking Competition

80% of the hungry populations on the earth are small-scale food producers! The competition aimed to encourage students’ smart cooking ideas by designing a recipe that can support a better future of small-scale food producers and advocate food justice. Among the 22 entries, 6 teams were selected to join the final competition held at HKU Residential Colleges on 2 November, 2013 (Saturday) with the honourbale presence of the celebrity chef, Ms Alvina Chan 陳彥琳 (琳琳) who acted as the judge and shared her vision of using cooking as a means on promoting food justice in society. Two teams were awarded the “Hallmate Like” and “Farmer Like” prizes. For details, please visit:

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