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Salim Dawood
  • COVID-19: AZIEA fears the collapse of informal businesses


    The Alliance for Zambia Informal Economy Associations (AZIEA) Secretary General Lameck Kashiwa says the informal markets are already feeling the devastating impact of COVID-19.

  • Whose voices count most at the 2021 Food Systems Summit?


    Civil society has been criticizing states and businesses for the perceived “corporate capture” of food decision-making bodies and processes. So we need to start aligning agendas now to ensure all voices will be included in the preparations for UN’s international Food Systems Summit in 2021.

  • What lockdowns mean for food security in East Africa


    Even under “normal circumstances”, it is very difficult for people to find enough diverse and nutritious sources of food. The COVID-19 pandemic will only make the situation worse.

  • Access to healthy food crucial in the fight against COVID-19


    Open-air markets are a crucial link in the access to healthy food for many in Uganda and Kenya. Consumers and small- scale traders are under threat as governments restrict public gatherings in the face of COVID-19.

  • Challenging gender stereotypes for a more equal food system


    This year, International Women’s Day is about challenging gender stereotypes, fighting bias, and broadening perceptions. Providing spaces for boys and men to talk, teaching them about healthy food choices and simply bringing them into the kitchen are just some of the ways our partners in Bolivia and Indonesia are working to help create gender equal food spaces and systems.

  • Wise Foodways campaign in Indonesia


    Local, fair, healthy, and sustainable: these are the main principles of the Wise Foodways campaign, a four-year public campaign to propel local, healthy, sustainable and equitable food systems for producers and consumers in Indonesia. It is part of the Local harvest project under the EU supported Switch Asia project.

  • Shifting power dynamics: a just transition to new food systems


    The World Economic Forum launched a new report which outlines four pathways for creating the right incentives to transform food systems. But a fifth pathway is missing: a shift in power dynamics to transform the conditions that are keeping the current industrial food system in place, creating more and more climate-related crises.

  • The champions helping communities make better food choices


    There is very little data about what Indonesian people eat and why. A study conducted by Hivos, IIED, the University of Jember and the community-based organisation Tanoker tried to plug this knowledge gap. Tanoker is helping to tackle the issue by working with local communities and policymakers to get children and their families to make healthy food choices. Healthy diets champions like Tiara are encouraging her generation to choose a healthy future for themselves.

  • Save the tradition, nurture the Earth


    Sharing food has always been part of Indonesia’s culture. Eating as a family or with friends not only gives nourishment, but also lets us share our culture and heritage through food. This is also the thinking behind Jakarta’s biennial PARARA Festival. It was first held in 2015 to display and promote local agricultural products from various communities and indigenous peoples. But just as important, to show there is a great need for changes in consumption patterns, production, and food distribution.

  • Youth taking on the food system in Africa


    Maria Gomez and Nout van der Vaart report back from Africa’s first Advocacy Workshop Event focused on the future of food in Africa, where youth from seven different African countries joined to gain the connections and skills needed to address the food system challenges they are facing in their countries.