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Groundbreaking TV reality show that tackles malnutrition and anaemia in Peru wins international award

Cocina con causa Peru
LIMA – The TV reality show ‘Cocina con Causa’ (‘Cooking for a Cause’) has won a Humanitarian Award in the Outstanding Achievement category of the 2018 Best Shorts Competition. The programme, which seeks to improve the dietary practices of ordinary Peruvian families, was made by TV Peru in partnership with the UN World Food Programme.

The award recognizes filmmakers and television programmes that raise awareness about various issues including equality, health, social justice and conservation.

Cocina con Causa has also won an Award of Excellence for Social Change and an Award of Excellence in Reality Programming.

“’Cocina con Causa’ is a very special programme and the award is a recognition of that,” said WFP Representative in Peru, Tania Goossens. “It could not have been won without the dedication of a whole range of people and organisations. And it could not have happened without the support of the Government and its commitment to improving food and nutrition security, placing the issue firmly on the political agenda and at the centre of public debate.”

The first season began in August 2017 with 12 episodes shot in different locations. The programmes feature young chefs, families and nutritionists who work together, using locally-produced foods to create nutritious family meals. In the second season last year, TV Peru produced 80 episodes of Cocina con Causa which went out on digital platforms as well as on national TV.

In April 2019, the series is set to feature 40 new episodes filmed in Piura, Puno, San Martin, Ancash, Cusco, Apurimac, Ayacucho and Lima.

Cocina con Causa is supported by the Ministries of Development and Social Inclusion, Health, Education, Culture and a number of private sector, academic and civil society organisations. The show supports the second of the Sustainable Development Goals – the goal of Zero Hunger by 2030.

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