Platform for African – European Partnership in Agricultural Research for Development

Tuesday, June 6, 2017

African Diaspora Projects Initiative

1 June 2017. The Food Bridge vzw in collaboration with Networking for Africans in Belgium, African Renaissance asbl, De la Luna Agency, Solidev asbl, Yabs Network, with the support of Ondernemers voor Ondernemers vzw (Entrepreneurs for Entrepreneurs), organized an African Diaspora Projects Initiative.

At a session of the African Diaspora Projects Initiative, different projects were pitched to the experts from Entrepreneurs for Entrepreneurs.
  • The aim of this initiative was to give members of the African Diaspora with social entrepreneurial ideas and projects, an opportunity to pitch these to a team of experts from Ondernemers voor Ondernemers vzw.
  • Entrepreneurs had 7 minutes in the first phase to present their ideas or projects. 
  • Selected projects could get investment of between 5,000€ and 100,000€. 
  • Although the focus was on agro-food projects, other projects in affiliated sectors such as transportation, waste management, energy, technology, etc. could also be presented as part of this initiative.
Related:
1st of July 2017, 5- 9 pm. Brussels. The Food Bridge vzw will present of the new book, Diaspora , Food and Identity by Dr Maureen Duru.

Using the Nigerian migrants in Belgium as a case study in her research, Dr Maureen Duru (picture) presented a convincing argument about the importance of food to the identification modes of African diasporas.

She was not daunted by the fact that she was dealing with an area of study that had limited academic records and documentation, rather she went into her field of research to sought relevant data for her study, thus collecting immense academic resource materials through interviews, participant observation, photographs and other qualitative methodologies.

In her book, Dr Duru also showed foods ability to expose wider issues; giving a historical account of food in Nigeria and in the diaspora by tracing the evolution of Nigerians migration to Belgium, the changes African migrants have brought to the country and also their experience in Belgium. Years living in Europe places her in a good position to analyse the similarities and differences between Europeans in Africa in pre-colonial and colonial eras and the present African migration to Europe. This further brings to the fore the question of how food is used to mark identity.

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