Save the date for the 2021 African Diaspora Agrofood . The event is organized by The Food Bridge vzw in partnership with Meise Botanic Gardens Belgium, Sankaa vzw, COLEACP, FAO and other partners. This forum creates an opportunity to showcase the agrofood projects of African Diasporas, foster collaborations and create links to relevant resources and networks.
The theme of this 5th edition is Recovery, Resilience and Sustainability: African Diaspora Agrofood Entrepreneurship in a Changing world.
Development experts, policy makers, financial experts and African diaspora entrepreneurs will discuss the role and potentials of the African diasporas in the agrofood sector. The forum is a two days event scheduled to hold on the 17th and the 19th of September 2021. On the first day will be a virtual conference via Zoom and the second day is for an exhibition fair of agrofood products by African entrepreneurs at the Botanic Garden Meise Belgium.
The Food Bridge vzw is starting a new project ‘The Hope Circle’ subsidized by the ‘Connecting Brussels’ call for projects of the Vlaams Gemeenschapcommissie (VGC) office of Pascal Smet.
Metropolitan cities can make some people feel invincible even in the best of times, although they are surrounded by so many people. With the covid restrictions many people are struggling to maintain social contacts and feel isolated. Thus we want to provide an opportunity for people ( especially those who feel that they are in the margins of society) to connect again to the Brussels community, by not just sharing their stories but also by reading the stories from other people.
Our initiative creates an inter-generational and intercultural platform where positive memories and stories from participants are shared. In all cultures, storytelling especially around meals is a great way people build and maintain relationships, inspire, encourage and pass wisdom across generations.
This platform will have three main ways of collecting information. With the ‘Stories on a plate’, people use any plate of their choice as the basis of their stories. The story could be about the plate itself, the food in the plate or what the plate means to them especially during the Covid pandemic and lockdown. Their stories are shared on the platform with pictures of the plates with or without the individuals.
The fact that everyone uses a plate is already a connection but each plate is different although they serve the same purpose, just like their stories. Such exchanges and connections will encourage people and also show that their experience is recognized and validated too.
The Helping Hand Project