Hivos East Africa

East Africa

Sustainable Food

Smallscale farmers still yet to benefit from coffee proceeds

Hivos Sustainable Diets for All Programme was recently introduced in Kenya, an addition to already implementing countries Uganda, Bolivia and Indonesia. The programme seeks to influence policies and practices of government actors, the private sector and international institutions using citizen action to promote sustainable diets for all. The programme recently engaged, Julius Owino popularly known as Juliani in an endevour to champion the youth in agriculture and food system participation.

The 2017 FAO State of Food Security and Nutrition in the World Report revealed that 815 million people go hungry and yet there is more than enough food produced in the world to feed every one. A 2018 survey by UWEZO disclosed that 70 percent of Ugandan households are hungry without food.

By Natalie Lartey (in photo above) and Bill Vorley, IIED

Food policies that are based on evidence and advocacy delivered by citizens are more likely to benefit the people most affected by these policies. At this week’s City University Food Policy Symposium, we heard how connecting people to policy can help secure healthy and more sustainable diets for everyone.

The use of polythene plastic bags has been popular for decades, with approximately 500 billion bags consumed annually all over the world. Although prized for being cheap, lightweight, and convenient, these bags and other plastic products wreak havoc on our environment. In recognition of Earth Day, we are looking at the impact of plastic pollution in Uganda; a large consumer of plastic bags in East Africa, and how this ultimately affects our food system. 

The current dominant agricultural model has run out of steam. It’s high time to replace it with one that is not only sustainable, but also efficient, inclusive and respectful of the planet and the people who produce and consume food.

The Kenyan food system is broken. It’s a venal and extremely predatory system that is both ‘child and aide’ of the society that produced it, including our system of governance.

The world is on March 8 celebrating women activists spread across different realms, the scholars, policy makers, scientists and artists, you name it. For instance Dr. Vandana Shiva, leading movements to change both practice and paradigms to reclaim seed sovereignty and food security and Ms. Hilal Elver Special Rapporteur on Right to Food whose top agenda comprises of women’s rights.

The provision of food has long been a reserve for women, in Africa, and this has trascended generations. It is considered one of the major gender roles for women. The failure to provide food for the family by a woman in a home is enough to instigate violence.It is so much of an expectation for a woman that whether the source of the food is known or unknown, a woman has to ensure that the family is fed.

(Photo by Tamara Kaunda for our partner IIED.)