Ghana Food Movement - FAQ
What is the Ghana Food Movement?
Ghana Food Movement is a diverse network of food lovers and professionals working together.
Why did you start this movement
We launched the movement when we started seeing :
- A lack of variety in what was being called Ghanaian cuisine (no regional food, decline in indigenous ingredients),
- Discovered the new health problems (extreme rise in diabetes type 2 [Did you know that in general, we in sub-Saharan Africa eat more than 100 times the recommended percent of starchy vegetables? ]
- And when we noticed challenges in our food system (more and more depended on import, loss of biodiversity due to use of pesticides, production of indigenous corps like millet declining)
We want to positively influence these trends while celebrating Ghana and its amazing cuisine.
What is the future for Food in Ghana if it was up to you?
An ideal scenario would be: (there are many just pick a few ;) Ghana is depending less on importing food! Local Food production has grown and Is good for the economy, farmers, biodiversity, environment and our identity (> focus on indigenous produce) Ghana brought down food waste and waste through food consumption radically. Everyone in Ghana knows their culture and ingredients and is proud of it. There’s is respect for the environment, diversity and Ghana’s producers. Ghanaians are eating divers, healthy and local. They are not afraid to try new Ghanaian dishes and variations. Regional food is much more celebrated and available in cities. Our recipes and ingredients both at land and sea will be in abundance for us to share with futuregenerations in Ghana first of all and with the wider world. Ghanaian cuisine and its chefs are recognized worldwide for its exciting, rich in culture and wholesome food.
What is it that the movement does exactly?
We build a divers force through the whole food chain that works together and can actually change food in ghana for the better. Through an online platform, offline events and meet-up’s Ghana Food Movement builds a strong divers network and facilitates a dialogue. The movement supports initiatives building towards a better food system, celebrate Ghanaian culinary heritage, reinvent Ghanaian cuisine and create awareness around food in Ghana.
For who is this movement?
The movement is for anyone who loves Ghanaian food or works in food and feels that something needs to change!
What thoughts do you have on the new local rice campaign?
We think it is amazing that we are pushing for the consumption of local rice. We must make sure as we promote the consumption, we are also aware of the production challenges and that support is provided to combat these challenges. But, we also need to diversity our diet in urban areas in this country. We need to promote more drought tolerate and climate smart crops such as millet, sorghum and fonio as well! These will also allow to manage our soil. We have to get more leafy vegetable and other vegetable in general on our plates. [Did you know that in general, we in sub-Saharan Africa eat more than 100 times the recommended percent of starchy vegetables? The dangers of that include diabetes 2, which we are starting to see a rise in, in this country.]