– The campaign has two goals, to bring attention to Zimbabwe’s traditional foods, seeds, and cuisines and influence political decision-making on diets, experts said.
A Zimbabwean Non-Governmental Organization (NGO) is collaborating with other groups and stakeholders to promote traditional foods, which are thought to be nutritious among other benefits. Tafadzwa Muranganwa a freelance journalist living in Zimbabwe’s capital, Harare writes.
The My Food is African campaign is being implemented in Zimbabwe by Participatory Ecological Land Use Management (PELUM) under the auspices of the Alliance for Food Sovereignty in Africa (AFSA).
Bertha Nherera, the organizer of the campaign in Zimbabwe, explained the campaign’s goal, which is to promote traditional meals and cuisines, at a recent news conference in the capital.
PELUM director Mrs. Gertrude Pswarayi-Jabson also highlighted how the uptake of indigenous foods can help tackle climate change and build resilience amongst communities in cases of disaster.
Director of Knowledge Transfer Africa, Charles Dhewa, says traditional diets are essential in building resilience in the event of shocks.
He, however, bemoaned the high cost of indigenous foods as a result of policy issues.
His organization took a baseline survey on the consumption of indigenous foods, which noted that there is stigma associated with eating traditional diets and cuisines.
“What we established during our baseline survey is that there is stigma around purchasing traditional foods.
The PELUM-led campaign is targeting a number of actions to promote traditional foods, including reviewing the Procurement Regulations.
Further, the campaign aims to include schools and hospitals.
Zimbabwe is among the 13 African countries that are pushing the My Food is African campaign. Some of the countries include Zambia, Malawi, Uganda, Kenya and Tanzania.