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ISDEVCOM Nassarawa State university Nigeria, in partnership with Framework for Advocacy, Research and Development Initiative and African Diaspora Projects Initiative ( an initiative of the Food Bridge vzw), has issued a call for papers for an international publication focusing on the impact of Covid - 19 pandemic in Nigeria.

Theme: Lockdown Narratives; Experiencing a Global Pandemic in Nigeria

There is a need to document the impact of this pandemic on Nigerians, Nigeria as a nation and  on Africa too. The aim is to encourage Africans to take charge of the narrative about their experiences and preserve these for posterity. 

Deadline for the submission of abstracts: September 20, 2020

Deadline for the submission of full paper: December 20, 2020

Food Drive helping hand

The Food Bridge received a call for help for students from Africa studying in Belgium. Many of these students are self sponsored and have no family here.
Prior to Covid-19, they worked part-time too to suppliment their funds. However, that is no longer possible now.
No donation is too small!!. if you live in Brussels, Leuven or Louvain la Neuve and have food items or toileteries to donate, we will arange for a pickup. 

We have also reached an agreement with Chakula asbl (African Food producers and distributors). You can place an order from their brochure online, use the communication- helping hand project in your payment and they will deliver the food items.
Chakula - This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., 0484/108073

You can also donate via our bank account :

The Food Bridge vzw

BNP Paribas Fortis
BE33 0017 5988 5346
Communication : Helping hand project

if you are a student and need food items, call or sms to-

Brussels: Regina Mukondola - 0472305058
Theo Opoku - 0483355907
Leuven : Dennis Mensah - 0487213909
Louvain La Neuve -Mrs Juliette - 0470644804
Gent : Fynn Dodo - 0486999945

All other inquiries including donations contact
Maureen Duru - 048182780
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African startups can apply for  the Deloitte organized Milan- based FoodTech Accelerator. Every year, they select the 10 best startups to supercharge food innovation. These startups are matched with Corporate Partners business needs and together accelerate concrete industrial pilot projects in a 15-week program. 

This program will take these  startups from Business Model Consolidation to Validation and Prototyping aimed at insuring funding and  successful marketing.

For more details - https://www.foodtechaccelerator.io/

covid 19 online discussion


With COVID 19, we have an unprecendented situation with impact on all aspects of our lives. Many discussions are now going on about its impact on the economy but the voice of the African Diaspora Entrepreneurs are not heard in these discussions. Some of those with projects in the agrofood sector already face a lot of challenges before Covid-19 and the current situation makes things more difficult.

Thus the Food Bridge vzw is organizing an online discussion via Zoom on the impact of Covid 19 on African Diaspora Agrofood Entrepreneurs.
Let your voice be heard, join the discussion.

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The 85th edition of the libramont agricultural fair will be held from the 26th  to the 29th of July 2019. This is one fair that has something on offer for everyone. it is also a great opportunity for a family weekend activity. With over 800 exhibitors , the itineraries focuses on organic, livestock, dairy and animal health, innovation, family. There are also competitions, performances, the  Enchanted Farm, regional product tasting, machinery demonstrations and many other activities. For more details see - https://www.foiredelibramont.com/en/programme-foire-libramont/

A free online course starting on the 6th of April 2020, is designed to help consumers  understand the context and different perspectives that constitute food controversies. This is a three-week course (and involves around three hours of study per week). The course is led by the School of Agriculture, Policy and Development, and is relevant to anyone who has an interest in what they eat, how it is produced and interested in making informed decisions. 

Dr Andrew Ainslie, Lead Educator, has been working with colleagues at the European Food Information Council (EUFIC), EIT Food and the University of Turin in Italy to produce a variety of materials and activities that will introduce participants to the complex nature of the food system. The material focuses on three controversial issues: alternative proteins; palm oil; and probiotics. The course presents different perspectives for each topic discussed, allowing participants to have a] more information when analysing the controversies.

This course presents a real opportunity for you to increase your ability to make informed choices about all the food you eat and to become an agent of change by better understanding these issues and having more confidence in your knowledge of the food system. Alongside this, you will be able to build on your existing personal skills, including literature researching, critical evaluation, debating and argument forming, communication and innovation.

Follow this link to register today: https://www.futurelearn.com/courses/engaging-with-controversies-in-the-food-system

 This course is funded by EIT Food (www.eitfood.eu) and forms part of a range of novel educational activities including workshops, summer schools and online educational programmes for a wide audience including students, entrepreneurs and food professionals. See more here: https://www.eitfood.eu/education.

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CFS 46 is from 14 – 18 October 2019 at FAO, Rome, Italy and will be the first major global meeting on food security and nutrition after the High Level Political Forum SDG Summit in New York in September 2019. The SDGs will be the theme of the week with a particular focus on ways to accelerate SDG 2 – zero hunger. For more details go to - https://mailchi.mp/fao/cfs-updates-cfs46-and-more?e=38b40b4176

fao event

A high level event organized under the auspices of the European Parliamentary Alliance on the Fight Against Hunger, will be held at the European parliament in Brussels on the 15th of October 2019.

Speakers include Marjeta Jager, Deputy Director-General, International Cooperation and Development (DG DEVCO) European Commission, Viwanou Gnassounou, Assistant Secretary-General, ACP Group of States, Kaisa Heikkilä, Chair of the Council Working Party for Development Cooperation, Finland, Alzira Ferreira, Director of the WFP Office to the EU and Belgium, Sandie Blanchet, Director UNICEF Office for Relations with EU Institutions.



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After a successful 2018 edition, we are happy to announce the date for the 2019 African Diaspora Agro Food Forum. The forum will be at the Bouchout castle Meise Belgium, with the support of the Meise Botanic Garden. This forum is open to African Diaspora agro food entrepreneurs and anyone interested in the agro food sector in Africa. You can direct inquiries for partnerships, exhibitions and participation to the organizers via email - This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

good food

The Good Food event will be coming up in Brussels from the 18th to the 20th of October 2019. There will be a participatory closing event at Tour & Taxis Brussels. 

Discover dozens of Good Food actors and their inspiring practices with workshops focusing on: "urban vegetable garden"; cooking "zero waste"; creation of your own herbal tea; making bread with sourdoug and many more...
There will be conferences by the Brussels Goodfood ambassadors , information on the challenges of urban agriculture and about the preparation of organic, local and seasonal meals at low prices.

Consult the program at https://participez.environnement.brussels/


SustechfrThe Sustech4Africa call for projects being organized by  Entrepreneurs for Entrepreneurs Belgium(OvO), VITO nv, Thoman More University Mechelen and the African Diaspora Projects Initiative now has a new deadline. Applications can still be sent in until the 25th of January 2019.

Supporting social entrepreneurship with sustainable projects, is important for the development of Africa. Thus we intend to use the interconnections of African diaspora communities to insure the best entrepreneurial projects are chosen.  This call is open to the African Diasporans in Europe. The selection of candidates for this call for projects will be on the 12th of February 2019 from 10am to 5pm. A maximum  of  30 project owners will be invited to present their projects. A jury will select 10 out of these  for further collaboration. This will be followed by:

Boot camp – Experts from VITO nv, Thomas More University and Entrepreneurs for Entrepreneurs will  train candidates on the 4th to 5th of March 2019 from  9.30am to 6pm. At the Boot Camp, business coaches will teach the participants  all they know on how to start their business. With the assistance of mentors they  will further work out their ideas and develop a business pitch, which they will present to the other participants at the end of the Boot Camp.

Coaching sessions – 12th, 19th and 26th of March from 9.30am to 6.00pm. The open questions and assumptions that emerge during the Boot Camp, will be the focus of the homework in the coaching sessions afterwards.

On  the 4th of April 2019, all the finalists for this call for projects on  "Sustainable Technologies for Africa", after  the boot camp and coaching sessions, will  pitch their business ideas to an audience from  the public, potential investors and representatives of the organizing partners . A jury will choose the winners after deliberation.
Companies, aspiring entrepreneurs, engineers and scientists from the African diaspora with great ideas for a sustainable economy can participate in this “Sustainable Technologies for Africa” call for project .
With the SusTech4Africa competition,  the African Diaspora Projects Initiative, Entrepreneurs for Entrepreneurs, VITO nv  and Thomas More University will accelerate the founding and growth of cleantech industries in African Countries, by connecting local African and Belgian cleantech companies. This call for project is open to start-ups and scale-ups from all sectors, however you need to state clearly how your project fits the theme “Sustainable Technologies for Africa”, the expected social impact and  profitability. Entries can be sent in French, English or Dutch but note that the boot camp and coaching sessions will be in English.