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Salim Dawood
  • 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.

  • Tell me what you eat, and I’ll tell you who you are


    The international discourse on food first shifted from “we must feed the world” to “we must nourish the world.” Now, it’s “we must nourish the world in a sustainable way for the planet.” But this way of framing the issue misses its mark because it leaves out what food really means to people.

  • Radical changes to the global food system needed to halt environmental destruction and prevent ecosystem collapse


    Conclusions of the recent Global Assessment Report of the UN Intergovernmental Science-Policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES) are loud and clear: to safeguard the planet’s biodiversity, radical and “transformative” change is needed in every aspect of how humans interact with nature. There are some very clear entry points to “fix” the broken system. Particularly, the ways we consume and produce food have a major impact on nature and the environment and thus need to change.

  • How can you transform your food habits and the global food system?


    Believe it or not, you have the power to change the global food system through your own food habits. How? Check out this Hivos-supported video from the One Planet Network for 10 tips on how to support a more sustainable food system while also living a healthier life at the same time.

  • Diet champions in Uganda strive to improve access to quality indigenous vegetable seeds and knowledge


    Indigenous and traditional food systems have provided rural communities in Uganda’s Gulu district with diverse, healthier, fresher and more nutritious foods for many years. However, the current production and consumption of such nutrient-dense vegetables is at an all time low. Community members have selected 40 diet champions to spearhead advocacy activities around increasing the production and consumption of these local vegetables.

  • UN Environment Assembly plants food at heart of environment debate


    The link between the environment’s fast-depleting resources and the way food is produced and consumed was the resounding message at the Fourth session of the UN Environment Assembly. Hivos' Nout van der Vaart and Immaculate Yossa report back from the event.

  • Rediscovering the value of indigenous fruits through Uganda’s Fruit and Juice Festival


    To appreciate the rich diversity of Uganda’s fruits, Slow Food Uganda and Developing Innovations in School Cultivation (Project DISC) started the Fruit and Juice Festival as a way of promoting the value of indigenous fruits and juices among children, youth, smallholder farmers, and the broader population.