Seeding Food Security

This is the final blog in a three-part series about Ashoka’s work in Southern Africa.

“Food security,” according to Ashoka Fellow Munyaradzi Saruchera, “is not having a lot of food on the shelves.” It’s about “seeding food security,”  he says, by reestablishing an interest in local and indigenous foods and building a network of seed banks in South Africa. Ashoka works with social entrepreneurs, supporting them financially and helping them become “changemakers.” Munyaradzi is working with urban households to both identify and conserve heirloom varieties of maize, peanut, sorghum, and other grains and vegetables. And he’s working with urban farmers and children, teaching them about the importance of preserving traditional foods.

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