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The awards ceremony for the Female Food Hero 2013 took place on October 15, 2013, with participation of women farmers from rural communities, member to Oxfam established agriculture cooperatives. This is the third time that the Female Food Hero 2013 program has been conducted by OXFAM together with the Armenian Young Women’s Association within the framework of Oxfam’s international GROW campaign. The objective of the Female Food Hero 2013 competition is to encourage women who have been successful in agriculture and farming in the Republic of Armenia, have managed to make positive changes as a result of their successes and have benefitted sustainable development in their local communities.
Women farmers from Vayots Dzor and Tavush marzes, who are involved in 18 agricultural consumer cooperatives established by Oxfam participated in, and won the competition. Bavakan Melikyan, a Food Female hero, from the community of Gomk in Vayots Dzor pointed out, “As much as this competition encourages us, it also makes us feel more obligated. We say, that’s enough of us not working. We must work and create a bounty and make our country prosperous.”