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In the Vegetable Garden with Naledi

In the Vegetable Garden with Naledi

Tshimong ya Meroho Le Naledi* – written in Sotho – is a children’s book set in a vegetable garden and teaches principles of self-sufficiency, oneness with all of creation, and love for self, the environment, and all of humanity. The book was the inspiration for...

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The Chefs’ Corner

Recipes for Sustainability

Ensuring a Seat of Honour at the Table for African Fonio Producers

Ensuring a Seat of Honour at the Table for African Fonio Producers

Fonio, also known as the “seed of the universe,” is an ancient African grain traditionally served to guests of honour in West African – particularly the Sahel – culture. AgriLuxe Marketing chatted with Chef Pierre Thiam about his work in linking smallholder African fonio farmers to international markets. Chef Thiam, who cites Léopold Sédar Senghor – Senegal’s first president – as one of his early influencers, has a vision to transform fonio into a world-class crop for Africa’s socio-economic and environmental benefits. The following are his responses to our questions.

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Breakfast in Rwanda – Land of a Thousand Hills

Breakfast in Rwanda – Land of a Thousand Hills

Chefs Claude, Olivier, Patrice, and Japan invite you to a nutritious traditional breakfast, using local ingredients, in honor of Rwanda’s Umuganura Festival. Umuganura is celebrated each year on the first Friday in August to promote valuing and celebrating achievements and crop yields from the country’s soil.

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Good Food for All – The Chefs’ Mantle

Good Food for All – The Chefs’ Mantle

An inspirational panel discussion with renowned African chefs on the importance of food and nutrition education; their role as chefs in stimulating demand for local nutritious indigenous products; the role of governments in creating the enabling environment; so that in partnerships, with other players in agri-value chains, they can deliver good food for all.

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Exploring Africa’s Culinary Infinity with Chef Bigayimpunzi

Exploring Africa’s Culinary Infinity with Chef Bigayimpunzi

My name is Claude Bigayimpunzi. From an early age, I had always been fascinated and interested by gatherings of people for get-togethers, parties, weddings, birthdays, family reunions. What I quickly realized was that all those parties and functions had one thing in common. Food. What you should know is that at the essence of every chef, there is that love and passion for feeding people.

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Voices of the Chefs

Voices of the Chefs

Launched on 17 March 2020, the Chefs’ Manifesto Podcast is a resource for chefs to share stories of action on sustainable development tied to the UN SDGs through the Chefs' Manifesto community. Season 1 The first series is hosted by Chef Tom Hunt and features a total...

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News Flash

How Digitalization of the Supply Chain will Reduce Global Food Waste

How Digitalization of the Supply Chain will Reduce Global Food Waste

With the ever-rising stats around food waste (1.6 billion tons of food lost or wasted each year representing $1.2 trillion), now is the time for the industry to adopt a more digitalized approach across the supply chain. Implementing integrated and innovative systems will allow all key stakeholders, from field to fork, to efficiently manage food and reduce the risk of waste.

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Afreximbank provides US$400M to Drive Agricultural Productivity in Africa

Afreximbank provides US$400M to Drive Agricultural Productivity in Africa

Multilateral trade finance institution African Export-Import Bank (Afreximbank) has approved US$400 million revolving global credit facility agreement for the Export Trading Group (ETG) to drive agricultural productivity on the continent. The Afreximbank facility will address key bottlenecks faced by African agricultural exporters, aggregating large values of produce to give small- and medium-scale enterprises access to regional and international markets.

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How Optimal Water Use Can Support Food Security, Reduce Waste in Africa

How Optimal Water Use Can Support Food Security, Reduce Waste in Africa

While wastewater reuse provides a sustainable solution in supporting food security amid looming water shortages, the infrastructure costs present a barrier to widespread adoption in South Africa. Achieving sustainable food production to ensure food security has multifaceted challenges that require action across many sectors. With this in mind, IFAT Africa 2021 will be co-located with Food and Drink Technology Africa and Analytica Lab Africa, and will also feature a new Renewable Energy Zone.

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How Power Shaped the “Success Story” of Genetically Modified Cotton in Burkina Faso

How Power Shaped the “Success Story” of Genetically Modified Cotton in Burkina Faso

Burkina Faso was the first African country where a GM crop was principally grown by smallholder farmers. Observers were shocked when only 8 years later Burkina Faso abandoned genetically modified cotton. Anthropologist Glenn Stone has argued: “We are naïve in swallowing empirical claims without a careful consideration of how vested interests affect the creation of facts.”

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FONIO: The Oldest Cultivated Grain Indigenous to Africa Driving the Latest Demand in Health and Nutrition Markets

FONIO: The Oldest Cultivated Grain Indigenous to Africa Driving the Latest Demand in Health and Nutrition Markets

In the fonio-growing regions of West Africa, the ancient grain is referred to as ñamur burr (food for royalty). This “seed of the universe” is high in protein and healthy for the environment. Pierre Thiam, a native of Senegal, now a New-York based chef and co-founder and president of Yolélé Foods Inc, contracts with farmers to buy their crops at “attractive” prices while also working with them “to help them increase their productivity and thus their profits.”

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