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Indigenous foods for all

Increasing access and consumption of indigenous food which is healthy, nutritious and resilient to climate change.

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Lead Applicant Organization Name

AgriDig Trade and Research Centre

Lead Applicant Organization Type

  • Small company (under 50 employees)

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

  • 1-3 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?

Mashonaland central province which covers an area of 28347 km^2.

What country is your selected Place located in?


Describe your relationship to the place you’ve selected.

Given the evidence of climate change in Mashonaland province especially in areas of Muzarabani, Mbire and Rushinga, promotion of indigenous food value chains seems to be ideal to fight food insecurity and hidden hunger. Thus enhancing production and consumption of indigenous crops and livestock which are resilient to drought is indispensable among smallholder farmers who eke a living from rain fed agriculture in these communities.

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.

The areas mentioned above are heavily characterized by smallholder farmers who rely on rain fed agriculture as a source of livelihood. However climate change characterized by rise in temperatures and decline in rainfall has negatively affect agricultural productivity and food security status. Therefore it is paramount to promote indigenous food value chains which prove to be resilient to drought in these areas. This will help to address triple burden of malnutrition especially among children.

What is the estimated population (current 2020) in your Place?


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

The environmental (climate change), social and economic shocks (inflation) and stresses are adversely affect access to healthy and nutritious diets among the rural population in Mashonaland central province. Therefore, one key strategy to fight hidden hunger under such conditions is to promote indigenous food production which matures early, require low cost of production, resilient to climate change and provide all essential nutrients for healthy diets.

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

Indigenous food value chains are resilient to drought and require little cost of production and it seems that smallholder farmers have absolute advantage in producing these crops and livestock. Thus, indigenous food systems has a potential to tackle food insecurity in Mashonaland central province.

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.

Through promotion of indigenous food systems, the smallholder farmers will have access to healthy and nutritious diets thereby eliminating the hidden hunger in rural areas. Thus indigenous food value chain will provide an answer in terms of addressing the plight of farmers in rural areas to ensure household food security and reduce the fiscal burden to provide food aid. Concurrently, given the increased demand for healthy food products, smallholder farmers can increase their incomes through selling of surplus to urban markets.

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

The indigenous foods are resilient to climate change especially drought hence promotion of such value chains will increase access to nutritious foods among rural population. Given the low production cost for growing indigenous crops such as finger millet, this will enable access to affordable healthy food products despite the rising inflation in the economy. Thus, indigenous food value chain will enable smallholder farmers to bounce back better and move forward regardless of climate change and economic shocks and stresses.

How did you hear about the Food System Vision Prize?

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Photo of Mat Jones

Hi Joseph, I like your focus on indigenous foods. I look forward to reading more about how you plan to promote them.

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