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Salim Dawood
  • Hope for reaching ‘Beyond Maize’ in Zambia


    The Zambia Food Change Lab is a 'beacon of hope' for moving the country 'beyond maize'. Frank Mechielsen reports back from the Zambia Food Change Lab event, where the Sustainable Diets for All program took stock of the Lab and and lessons learned that will ensure continued transformation of the Zambian food system.

  • Beyond maize: Exploring agricultural diversification in Zambia


    Zambia has one of the world's highest rates of undernourishment: more than a third of children under five have stunted growth, and a quarter of adults are obese. The reason: the country's over-dependence on maize. A new report looks at how to increase crop diversity, support better nutrition and support resilience at local and national level.

  • The two faces of Bandung’s street food: recreation and reliance


    A new report highlights the central role that street food plays in the food security of low-income workers.

  • Science with citizens, or science for citizens?


    Alejandro Guarín says citizen science is a great way to crowdsource knowledge, but involving citizens in research can also be a powerful tool for social change.

  • Let’s talk about you and me: inclusivity in the global food system


    We are all connected through food but the current state of our food system is unsustainable, unhealthy and unbalanced. Why is this the case, and what can be done? Check out the Hivos-supported video from the One Planet Network below to learn more.

  • Diversity in the global food system: Why and how?


    Diversity is essential for a healthy and sustainable global food system. Yet, what does this mean exactly? Check out this important video from the One Planet Network to learn more!

  • Transforming food habits in Uganda one garden at a time


    John Kiwagalo is a staunch supporter of change in the field of food production and consumption—in essence, how people grow and eat food. As Project Coordinator for Slow Food Youth Network (SFYN) Uganda, a Hivos partner, John works tirelessly to make Ugandan youth, farmers and citizens familiar with the philosophy that all food should be good, clean and fair for all. Read his story.

  • Food can fix it


    “Food can fix it” was the mantra of the 2019 EAT Forum. More than 1000 food leaders from all over the world gathered to exchange experiences and develop alternatives for our current food systems so we can produce healthy meals, pay farmers a decent wage and avoid “overcooking” the planet. Frank Mechielsen reports back from the event.

  • Indonesia takes lead in healthy gastronomy movement


    Indonesia is home to healthy food options that, if promoted, would not only make food cheaper, but also improve the nations’ health. A key part of the solution? Many different guests at the table.

  • Back to the Bolivian food heritage and tastes


    Bolivia is a country with immense cultural richness and food is an important part of the ancestral heritage, but it is gradually disappearing. Hivos, IIED and their partner, the Bolivian Integrations Gastronomy Movement (MIGA), are therefore focused on keeping Bolivian food heritage very much alive – using MIGA’s ‘Regional Food Heritage (RFG)’ approach.