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Food Systems Vision Prize

Healthy, nutritious and safe foods for all Zambians in a sustainable environment by 2050

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Lead Applicant Organization Name

Central Veterinary Research Institute, Ministry of Fisheries and Livestock, Department of Veterinary Services

Lead Applicant Organization Type

  • Researcher Institution

How long have you / your team been working on this Vision?

  • 3-10 years

Lead Applicant: In what city or town are you located?


Lead Applicant: In what country are you located?


Your Selected Place: what’s the name of the Place you’re developing a Vision for?


What country is your selected Place located in?


Describe your relationship to the place you’ve selected.

Zambia was selected because of high prevalence of malnutrition among children especially in rural areas and also food borne disease. I have the passion to contribute to fighting theses problems to reduce malnutrition and diseases in Zambia as a concerned citizen.

Describe the People and Place: Provide information that would be helpful for an outsider who has never been there and may have no context about this Place to better understand the area.

Zambia is a landlocked country found in Sub-Saharan Africa. The main food is nshima from cassava and maize meal which is eaten with different vegetables and relish including beef, chicken, fish and pork mainly. Some tribes also eat traditional foods such as munkhoyo e.t.c. Country has different climates especially during the four seasons and the land topograph ranges from valleys which are located in low areas, plateu and hills. There 72 tribes with diverse languages in Zambia with different cultures and traditions and this has influence on the food preferences and choices. The unique cultures trends include consumption of raw milk and traditionally processed sour milk. Rural-urban migration has been experienced as people go lo look for jobs in urban areas. There more nutritional related disease among people living in rural areas. The major source of income especially for rural people is agriculture and main crops include maize, cassava and soya beans, aquaculture and livestock. The hopes of the people is to have healthy, nutritious and safe foods in their households. The effects of poor nutrition and unsafe foods on health include malnutrition and food-borne diseases.

Challenges: Describe the current (2020) and the future (2050) challenges that your food system faces.

Challenges for 2020 regarding our food systems is that many poor people eat low quality foods usually with poor nutrition due to socioeconomic issues. The challenges that our food systems face in future (2050) is failure of people especially in rural areas to access nutritionally rich, heath and safe foods.

Address the Challenges: Describe how your Vision will address the challenges described in the previous question.

The vision will adrees the chalenges through research on approprite foods which are heathy, nutritious and safe to consume. Promotion of agriculture to grow crops that are nutritious and promote hygiene pactices to reduce contamination of food with microorganisms, chemicals and physical contaminants. Encourage hygienic processing of foods and prevent food-borne diseases. Further, sensitization of people on the good foods and diets for healthy living. In addition, the communities will be encouraged to take part in encouraging fellow community members about eating healthy diets.

High Level Vision: With these challenges addressed, now provide a high level description of how the Place and the lives of its People will be different than they are now.

People will know how to process food in a hygienic manner and they will eat the good, nutritious, healthy and safe foods for a healthy living. Eating healthy foods will result into disease free communities. Malnutrition and food-borne diseases are likely to reduce. Most people will be healthier by 2050. People will also grow their own crops and keep livestock for good diets in their households.

Full Vision: How do you describe your Vision for a regenerative and nourishing food future for your Place and People for 2050?

The vision addresses the issue of the environment through utilization of environment in a sustainable way. The diets is also interconnected to the vision by promoting diversity of diets using grown crops and food of animal origin and vegetables. The vision also encourages Zambian communities to exercise their cultures. The vision also takes care of traditional processing according to traditions and cultures in a hygienic way. The vision takes advantage of the deliberate policy of the Zambian government to promote traditions and culture ceremonies and promotion of traditionally processed foods. Our stakeholders in the food systems vision include farmers, processors,traders and sellers . Challenges faced by stakeholders will be identified and addressed through regular interactions and engaging nutrition and other experts relevant. Evaluation criteria will include assessing if people if they eat adequate food or/and access under-nutrition. Communities will be encouraged to work together to find solutions to their food related problems

How did you hear about the Food System Vision Prize?

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Hi Bruno S.J Phiri  welcome to the Food System Vision Prize Community!
It is lovely so see a Vision that is looking at systems that ensure healthy diets especially among the children of Zambia.
Since this is a Vision for the future, what would Zambia look like in 2050?
How might your work today look like in 2050 if you were to upset the current trends and build a new trajectory for the future that inspires others around you to collaborate? To help you speculate what your future Vision could look like, you can find some guiding principles on Future Casting and inspiration in the Vision Prize Toolkit in Chapter 3 under Tools of Transformation.
Here is the link to the Prize Toolkit:

Look forward to seeing your Vision evolve through the coming weeks.