Indigenous knowledge should drive transformation of African food systems

African countries can only change the persistent negative image of Africa as a net importer of food when they start looking at food systems as more than agriculture. Most African food systems continue to be influenced by Western tastes and preferences. In addition to exploiting natural resources, colonization transformed African food systems for the purposes Read more about Indigenous knowledge should drive transformation of African food systems[…]

Why there should be clear criteria for positioning actors within food systems

Why there should be clear criteria for positioning actors within food systems Like knowledge and other valuable resources, land, water and labour should be managed professionally. For developing countries, the starting point can be crafting growth-oriented and future-focused criteria for allocating land to different classes of farmers. That will prevent land, water and other resources Read more about Why there should be clear criteria for positioning actors within food systems[…]

African mass markets continue to function as templates for local nutrition

African mass markets continue to function as templates for local nutrition In spite of most resources being directed at promoting imported food systems using commercially-oriented agricultural shows and trade fairs, mass markets continue to influence food choices and consumption patterns across the African continent. Coincidentally, COVID19 has increased the relevance and reliability of these food Read more about African mass markets continue to function as templates for local nutrition[…]

Investment should start with owners of the resources not outsiders

Investment should start with owners of the resources not outsiders While the temptation in most African countries is to celebrate investors from outside and money from global institutions like the International Monetary Fund (IMF), investment should start with the owners of natural resources not outsider. An important question to be answered by each African country Read more about Investment should start with owners of the resources not outsiders[…]

How does food move from production zones to markets and consumers?

How does food move from production zones to markets and consumers? Besides not knowing what is involved in producing food, there are high chances that most urban consumers across the world have no clue how potatoes, tomatoes and other commodities they eat every day get to their plates. Transporters are some of the unsung heroes Read more about How does food move from production zones to markets and consumers?[…]

How digital platforms are building new norms and group identities

How digital platforms are building new norms and group identities Digital technologies have rightly been credited with building new norms and group identities for people who never knew each other.  Farmers who used to work in isolation across Africa can now easily find themselves meeting new peers in Whatsapp groups. The same applies with traders Read more about How digital platforms are building new norms and group identities[…]

Understanding relationships between African communities and micro climates

Understanding relationships between African communities and micro climates Animals, birds and trees may not speak English, Chewa, Shona, Ndebele, KiSwahili or any other language but they certainly speak several languages which human beings are yet to master. Co-existing with micro climates and forests for generations has exposed many African communities to the secret knowledge and Read more about Understanding relationships between African communities and micro climates[…]

A lion’s share of climate funds must focus on restoring indigenous food systems

A lion’s share of climate funds must focus on restoring indigenous food systems For most developing countries, the COVID19 pandemic has shown the undisputed value of indigenous food. Several communities that had become used to depending on imported food and medicines suddenly discovered they can use lockdowns and restrictions to taste and use indigenous food Read more about A lion’s share of climate funds must focus on restoring indigenous food systems[…]

How COVID19 is an opportunity to revive indigenous knowledge systems

How COVID19 is an opportunity to revive indigenous knowledge systems Academic and classroom-based education systems have suppressed and marginalized indigenous knowledge systems for decades. However, COVID19 has provided opportunities to reverse the dominance of imported academic education and reposition indigenous knowledge systems for contribution to development.  College students and school children whose time was always Read more about How COVID19 is an opportunity to revive indigenous knowledge systems[…]