Slow Food Uganda has been operating in Buikwe district since 2009. Through its current work in the district, particularly the Food Communities and Presidia, Slow Food Uganda has organized a network of hundreds of food chain actors including but not limited to farmers, fishers, cooks, students, teachers, policy makers, local civil society community based Organizations, local government, national government, private sector including SMEs and experts. Slow Food Uganda will continue to create hundreds of new gardening communities and organize support, training initiatives and initiate bottom up discussions on building a sustainable food system, biodiversity and nutrition for the network of more garden communities, while mapping the genetic and cultural heritage of Ugandan food products (which will percolate through to the Ark of Taste, Presidia, and Earth Market projects).
In order to strengthen the work in Buikwe, Slow Food Uganda established a Food Systems Solution Platform (FSSP). The purpose of the platform is to convene different stakeholders together, from the rural and urban areas to discuss on how to improve food and nutrition security in Buikwe district. This project will serve as a multi-stakeholder link between gastronomes, farmers, indigenous peoples, school communities, fishermen, policy makers, researchers, food vendors and chefs among other players, which is very crucial in ensuring sustainable food system in the district. Slow Food Uganda believes that changing the Food system for better, requires a multi stake holder approach and needs joint efforts from the various players in the Food Value Chain. The project will involve a multi stakeholder approach by convening all the key food value chain actors to discuss on how to improve the local food systems. The key processes includes; mapping of stakeholders, convening regular meetings with the local farmers, chefs’ alliance, sub-county and district officials to share and deliberate on local food issues. The outputs of these meetings will be expected to inform local food practices.
In order to amplify the youth voices in the food system, Slow Food Uganda and Slow Food Youth Network Uganda will strengthen their engagement through the SFYN Uganda Academy 2017, by building the capacity of the youth in lobby and advocacy, communications, research skills, among others, for improved local food systems.(We are future food leaders)
FSSP is supported by HIVOS through its initiative ”Sustainable Diets For All (SD4All)” together with the Youth Academy will be launched on 05-May-2017 at Liz Motel in Lugazi Municipality, Buikwe District. It will start with an inception workshop. FSSP is planned to run for one year starting March 2017 to February 2018. Currently, the work of mapping stakeholders is going on in the district with different meetings focused at introducing the project..John Kiwagalo, Project Coordinator, +256777535575, firstname.lastname@example.org. www.slowfooduganda.org