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Last Updated: Thursday, 13 July 2006, 13:31 GMT 14:31 UK
On BBC Four...
Sampling dishes such as fat-tailed sheep's testicles and picking up recipes from "Dr Dogmeat", food writer Stefan Gates explores some of the most controversial food issues in the world.

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AFGHANISTAN

Chef in Afghanistan
Monday 22 January 2007
2230 GMT on BBC Four

This week food writer Stefan Gates cooks his way around Afghanistan, finding out how the country's reconstruction is going.

He samples the testicles of the legendary fat-tailed sheep, known to the locals as the Afghan Viagra; narrowly avoids being blown up by abandoned Soviet scud missiles; and has dinner with a former Taliban commander.

SOUTH KOREA

Producer Alex Mackintosh films Stefan who has been served dog meat in a restaurant
Monday 29 January 2007 (tbc)
2230 GMT on BBC Four

Is there anything wrong with eating dogs?

Stefan visits a farm where over 2,000 dogs are raised for their meat.

He also picks up a few recipes from "Dr Dogmeat" and hears allegations that dogs are tortured to death.

But when it comes to the crunch, will he tuck in?

UGANDA

Stefan in the Pabo restaurant in Uganda
Monday 5 February 2007 (tbc)
2230 GMT on BBC Four

In the third episode Stefan visits a camp for internally displaced people in war-torn Northern Uganda, to find out how people survive on meagre UN food rations.

The UN gives them just 60% of their daily needs, so where do they find the rest?

With rebels patrolling the nearby countryside, finding food is a matter of life and death.

TONGA AND FIJI

Stefan cooks piglet over an open fire
Monday 12 February 2007 (tbc)
2230 GMT on BBC Four

Why are some people in the South Pacific eating themselves to death?

In Tonga he finds the fattest people on earth - 91% are overweight - and goes kickboxing with the princess who is determined to whip her subjects into shape.

In Fiji, he tries the local narcotic - cava - and slaughters a piglet for lunch.

CHINA

Stefan in the Kung Fu fast food restaurant in Beijing
Monday 19 February 2007 (tbc)
2230 GMT on BBC Four

Finally, Stefan travels to China, finding out how the rapid pace of modernisation is changing the way people eat.

He spends a day working at the Kung Fu fast food joint and samples the menu of a Beijing penis restaurant.

He also attempts to shake off his Communist party minders to talk to one of China's poverty-stricken farmers.


Executive producer: Will Daws

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SEE ALSO
Country profile: Afghanistan
12 Jul 06 |  Country profiles
Country profile: South Korea
20 Apr 06 |  Country profiles
Country profile: Uganda
24 May 06 |  Country profiles
Country profile: Tonga
17 May 06 |  Country profiles
Country profile: Fiji
18 May 06 |  Country profiles
Country profile: China
24 May 06 |  Country profiles

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