Slow Food Sets Project To Get Young People Involved In Agro-Ecology

“Developing local economies in East Africa through agro-ecology”, is the name given to a project that Slow Food has recently launched. Slow Food is an international non-profit organisation whose main objective is to raise public awareness about ecogastronomy (local food and traditional cooking) and alternative consumption. The organisation is taking its fight even further by launching a project to train young people in organic farming.

In concrete terms, Slow Food plans to set up an academy dedicated to agro-ecology. It will welcome young people aged between 18 and 35. The international movement will rely on its local branches, notably in Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania and the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). The young people trained will be made up of farmers, farm workers and indigenous people.

“The academy represents an opportunity to develop new leadership that will shape the future of agriculture in Africa and beyond. Participants will have the opportunity to discuss solutions to contemporary challenges and lay the foundations for an economically viable food system,” says Edie Mukiibi, vice-president of Slow Food. Read more…

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