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41915730 2271571609524139 4105643591404093440 n   Dr Maureen Duru - Onweni. Founder / Director, The Food Bridge vzw at Tropentag 2018

 

Across the globe, having an agro food sector that is able to meet the huge demands placed on it, is a top priority for governments, global agencies, researchers, entrepreneurs and actually everyone. Although food is a mundane everyday thing, there are different complexities in the way we produce or  eat food.  Even  what we accept as food is not a simple act. Thus adding to the  challenges of getting it from the source of production, to the place of consumption.

The African food system is as complex and diverse as the continent. Despite the resources available globally and efforts already made, the agro food sector in Africa is yet to reach its full potential.  The problems are ever evolving  and taking new forms,  thus  new solutions need to be found  and partnerships expanded to include all stakeholders in the development of this sector in Africa.

African Diaspora communities are not just dynamic components of the localities where they are situated but  also of  Africa. This is because migration is not just about those that left but more importantly,  it is about those left behind. It is for  those left behind, that Diasporas continue to maintain links to Africa using economic, socio cultural, religious and even political mechanisms.

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tropentag 2Prof Zerihun Tadele of University of Bern Switzerland. Photo credit Francois Stepman

 

The food bridge vzw was privileged to organize a workshop at the ongoing Tropentag 2018, as part of  the African Diaspora Projects Initiative . The theme of the workshop was “Linking African Diaspora agro food entrepreneurs to research and SMEs.  It is significant  that the organizers of Tropentag 2018 gave us this opportunity because not many  realize the  relevance of the African Diaspora  input in the agro food sector .  This workshop was a follow-up to our conference  at the Bouchout castle Meise Belgium  on the 25th of April 2018, which  focused on the African Diaspora food market and  linking  research to diaspora investments in food processing and other  agricultural value chains.

The concept of the Tropentag workshop 5 is based on the premise that African Diaspora entrepreneurship,  is an overlooked opportunity for a sustainable input in the development discourse and policy making .

For years the focus has been on the remittances from African Diasporas, as a constant source of economic empowerment and development in many African communities. Now a new generation of African Diaspora entrepreneurs, are taking advantage of their global interconnections for innovative projects in the agro food sector in Africa and Europe. 
An engaged African Diaspora entrepreneur with links to research and SMEs is an asset in the development of Africa. 

The keynote speaker at the conference was Prof   Zerihun Tadale. Group Leader, Institute of Plant Sciences, University of Bern Switzerland, whose paper on the “Role of African scientific diaspora: Opportunities and Challenges”. The other speakers  and their presentations included -

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In collaboration with Kwabre Ne Sekyere Belgium,Mfantesman vzw,Voice of Women International, Kente FM and other African organizations, we are organizing "The Helping Hand project",is an action started in 2016, aimed at feeding the homeless in the Brussels area. We are in need of volunteers to help with the cooking, packing and distribution of food to the homeless and needy. We are also still looking for sponsors for this project. We do not accept funds but prefer sponsorship in the form of donations of desired food items, food packaging materials. if you are interested in giving a helping hand, contact us on This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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