Are you looking for a way to celebrate the rich diversity and heritage of Zimbabwe’s traditional food and seeds? Do you want to learn more about the benefits of agroecology and seed sovereignty for our health, environment, and culture? If so, you are invited to join us at the 2023 National Traditional Seed and Food Festival, which will take place on the 30th of September at Harare Botanical Gardens.
The festival is a unique opportunity to meet and network with farmers, seed savers, researchers, activists, chefs, artists, and consumers who are passionate about preserving and promoting our indigenous food systems. You will be able to enjoy a variety of activities, such as:
- A seed fair, where you can buy, sell, or exchange seeds of local varieties of crops and plants
- A food exhibition, where you can taste and learn about the preparation of traditional dishes from different regions and communities
- A seed swap, where you can exchange seeds with other participants and learn about their stories and practices
- A panel discussion, where you can hear from experts and practitioners on the challenges and opportunities of agroecology and seed sovereignty in Zimbabwe and beyond
- A cultural show, where you can watch and participate in performances of music, dance, poetry, and drama that celebrate our food and seed heritage
The festival is organised by the Zimbabwe Seed Sovereignty Programme (ZSSP), a coalition of civil society organisations that work to protect and enhance the diversity, quality, and availability of seeds for smallholder farmers in Zimbabwe. The ZSSP aims to raise awareness and advocate for policies that support agroecology and seed sovereignty as key strategies for food security, climate resilience and social justice.
We look forward to seeing you at the festival and celebrating our traditional seed and food culture together!