The Slow Food Youth Academy is a learning platform organized by Slow Food Youth Network which involves an interactive training program for young learners, students and youths of different professions who are in learning more about the food system. The Uganda Academy aims at making young people familiar with the food System by acquiring knowledge so that they can also be able to change the food system of making everyone access Good, Clean and Fair Food. This is done through bringing together young change makers and build their capacity as well as bringing them closer to take part in changing the field of food production and consumption.
SFYN Uganda is organising Academy on annual basis whereby participants are selected from different parts of the country. The participants are selected from the existing youth groups mapped by SFYN Uganda coordinating team as well as those who are willing to defend the philosophy of Slow Food.
Objectives of the Slow Food Academy in Uganda
- To empower the leaders of SFYN with leadership skills, research skills and communication skills.
- To build capacity of youths in lobby and advocacy.
- Educate the SFYN leaders on the Slow Food philosophy and how to defend it.
- To impart knowledge to the participants on food entrepreneurship skills.
- To have more products at a risk of extinction mapped.
- To know more about food politics in general.
- To build capacity of young food leaders to promote good, clean, and fair food across the African continent.
- To build a strong Terra Madre Network in Uganda.
The First edition of the Uganda Academy was launched in April 2016 with the aim of building capacity of young people in leadership skills enlarging the knowledge of youths about possible ways to create a more sustainable food system with as goal that participants develop their own vision on how they can contribute to a sustainable system. A total of 20 youths which included 15 participants and 5 volunteers were trained for seven months and they covered seven topics which were Biodiversity education, Gardening, Blue-Green Grab, GMOs and seed politics, Meet Quality and Animal Welfare and the Gift of bees and Honey.
The Second Edition 2017
The 2017 academy will focus on an objective of capacity building in lobby and advocacy and developing food entrepreneurship skills in a sustainable way. The Academy will target 20 participants and this will involve producers, students, researchers, politicians, food activists among others. By the end of the Academy, participants will be in position to understand different food issues and problems of the current food system, lobbying and advocating for sustainable Nutritious Diets and understand about food Entrepreneurship.
The participants of this edition will be selected from the existing youth groups mapped by SFYN Uganda coordinating team whereby 70% of them will come from Buikwe District and 30% will come from other regions of Uganda.
The Academy will be organized through activities like: campaigns, debates/discussion groups, workshops, group work, field visits, service learning, seminars and key notes addresses, assessments tests and objective questions by end of each topic.
Topics for the 2nd edition 2017:
- Traditional Food biodiversity documentation and reporting
- Uganda Food Laws and related policy framework
- Understanding Nutrition and Sustainable Diets for all
- Food Process and Value Addition (Post Harvest Handling and waste reduction)
- Food Service system and food vending(Importance of fairness)
- Uganda’s Agricultural sector. (Current and Future food Challenges).
The second edition of the Academy is proposed to take place starting the month of April 2017 till September 2017.
It will be one weekend per month running from Friday afternoon to Sunday afternoon. This Academy will take 6 weekends which will be residential for two nights per weekend.
The only qualification for one to be an Academy participant is that you should be a Ugandan below the age of 30 years. The person should at least understand basic English.