(Published - 14 October 2019)
The University of the Western Cape’s School of Government hosted its International Food Fair on Friday, 11 October 2019. The event was financially supported by the Centre of Excellence (DST-NRF) in Food Security in partnership with the Institute for Social Development.
The countries celebrated were the Democratic Republic of Congo, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Ghana, Nigeria, Rwanda, Somalia, South Africa, Khoisan, Uganda, Zambia and Zimbabwe.
The International Food Fair brought together local and international students and staff, personal experiences of home-based cuisine, diverse cultures and social activities.
It was more than just about food, said Natalie Seymour of the School of Government.
“International Food Fair 2019 took on a theme stemming from the activities playing out in the media and experienced by the affected communities. We hope that through our demonstration of peace and harmony on our campus we can help others in SA engage in meaningful dialog with our international visitors without resorting to violent xenophobic behaviour,” she said.
Seymour said the second theme at the food fair revolved around cultural recognition for the Khoisan community across the country, through the engagement with the Khoisan people in Belhar.
ABOUT THE DST NRF COE
The Department of Science Technology-National Research Foundation Centre of Excellence in Food Security brings together the expertise of 20 South African and international institutions and over 100 researchers in disciplines as diverse as anthropology (the study of humans) and arthropodology (the study of insects and crustaceans), or packaging science and political science.