Slow Food Uganda Food Wise Event 2018 is to kick off this Friday!

An event to celebrate our indigenous and traditional food.
The third edition of Slow Food Uganda Food Wise Event 2018 will take place on Friday 9th November 2018 at St. Jonan Bright Infant School in Nabale Sub County, Mukono from 9:00am to 4:00pm.
The theme of the Event is “Know Your Food.” The event aims at showing the importance of preserving the local food biodiversity as a way to improve food and nutrition security, promote food sovereignty, celebrating the culture of food, celebrating small scale producers of good, clean and fair food as well as highlighting the relationship between food and climate change.
Over forty small scale producers from five Terra Madre food communities, in Mukono, representative of Bukunja Climbing Yam Presidium and Bugonya Kayinja Plantain will participate in the event, along with farmers, youths and members of the Slow Food network in Uganda.
The event will start with an opening ceremony at the presence of Ms. Namugambe Angela Musoke, Cultural leader of Nakifuma Sub County, Mukono District Productions Officer, Chairperson LC3 Nakifuma Town Council, Slow Food Uganda team and Slow Food Youth Network Uganda team.
Visitors will be able to explore the traditional and indigenous food at Terra Madre Kitchen as well as through tastings, conferences and meetings. The Food Wise program includes workshops for sharing experiences on indigenous food from the garden to the plate. There will be explanations of cultivation methods, harvesting methods, preservation methods, ancient artisan materials used, cultural attachments and medicinal uses of different food varieties. There will also be talks on artisan preparation and infusion, how to create a sustainable food production and consumption.
The event will develop in different areas:
  • Terra Madre Kitchen – Stands with different traditional food varieties and materials used in preparation and preservation
  • Slow Food Uganda Pavilion – An exhibition of the work and projects in the Slow Food Uganda network.
  • Conferences – Discussions on food and nutrition and the relationship between food and climate change.
  • Indigenous Food Stories and Tasting – Presenting personal stories of Ugandan food by the elders and tasting of such food.
In the whole world everybody has to think about eating as a day today activity and even as a politic act. Our food choices can have many consequences on the future of our food system. At the same time, most of the people do not know about their traditional food. It is important to educate people mostly the youth about the entire food system with food consumption inclusive in view of the effects it could have on our health, on the economy and also on the environment. Youth are the most strategic target because they are the future food leaders who should be involved in changing the food system which is currently unequal. The aim of the event is to raise consciousness on local food biodiversity, its knowledge and the need to preserve it for generational equity and rural development. Implore policy makers and duty bearers to pass laws that protect and preserve the local food biodiversity and the right to good, clean, fair food.
Slow Food is active in Uganda with a network of over 20,000 members organized in 10 local chapters. A network that grows, exchanges experiences, and is committed to protect the rich heritage of biodiversity that remains in Uganda.
Today Uganda counts 6 Slow Food Presidia, 41 Terra Madre food communities, 312 Slow Food gardens, 3 Earth Markets in Mukono-Wakiso, Manafwa and Lira and about 32 products listed on the Ark of Taste – the Slow Food catalog of endangered food products to be safeguarded. Uganda has also joined the Slow Food Chefs’ Alliance, which includes 20 chefs committed to promoting local producers and keeping alive Ugandan food traditions.
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Slow Food protects biodiversity with projects around the world. To continue this work, we need everyone’s help and participation. http://donate.slowfood.com/en/
For further information, please contact:
Slow Food Uganda Ofice: info@slowfooduganda.org
Responsible of the event communication in Uganda: John Kiwagalo – +256 777 535 575 johnkiwagalo@slowfooduganda.org

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