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Salim Dawood
  • 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.

  • 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.