Slow Food in support of South Africa and Kenya
In some African countries the Covid-19 has brought to their knees communities already in crisis. This is how our network is working to help the hardest hit members of our network, and what we can do to support this cause.
Chefs with Compassion – Slow Food Cooks’ Alliance in South Africa
In South Africa, due to lockdown, and an unfair food system at the source, more than 20 million people have difficulty accessing their daily food. On the other hand, 100 thousand tons of food products are wasted every year in the country. A distortion and injustice that more than 50 cooks, at the moment without employment and without income, want to overcome with their commitment, transforming in 12 weeks more than 220 tons of food recovered into 400 thousand meals for the needy.
The associations involved, the Slow Food Cooks’ Alliance in South Africa, NOSH Food Rescue and SA Chefs Association, want to carry on this initiative for the next six months, to feed families in need during the lockdown and the economic crisis, but to keep doing this we need support, including economic support, from all of us.
To learn more: Chefs with compassion.
Ogiek indigenous community illegally evicted from their lands
Since July 8, more than 100 families belonging to the Ogiek indigenous community have been evicted illegally and with excessive use of force from their lands in Mau Forest (Kenya). At least 600 people are currently homeless and without shelter, in the middle of the rainy season and the health crisis by Covid-19. These evictions have tragic social, economic and cultural consequences for the Ogiek’s livelihood and food security, as well as for local biodiversity.
The Ogiek are one of Kenya’s oldest tribes and have survived long years of persecution as their ancestral land, the forest, has been exploited for over a century to make tea or wood plantations, losing 60% of their tree cover. In 2017, the African Court of Human and Peoples’ Rights officially established their full right to inhabit the Mau forest as a fundamental element for their survival and for the exercise of their culture, customs, traditions, religion and the well-being of their community.
We can support them: the donations Slow Food will receive in the coming weeks will go equally to the Slow Food Cooks’ Alliance in South Africa, which will prepare meals for families in need, and to the Ogiek indigenous people who have seen their homes and lives destroyed. Slow Food in support of South Africa and Kenya: a small contribution to alleviate the difficulties of those in greatest need at this time.