Say It Like You Eat It ‘Terra Madre’: Amule

“I’m a human being, I need to eat, and by that also because of my culture and nature permits me to eat. Without food I cannot smile to you, so I believe I have to eat and then I smile to you. That is all I can say.”

“I am called Amule Mansuru, from Uganda, I work with Slow Food Uganda and most especially in the Youth Network. One thing I would like to tell you about food in Uganda: in Uganda we have around 50-60 ethnic tribes, and each ethnicity tribe have their own traditional food that they’ve depended on. In the early century, we almost have everything, but with the issue of development in fact we’re losing our traditional foods. Slow Food Uganda is working hand-in-hand with the communities to see how we can revive our traditional foods. And currently they are using the young people to see how we can bring back our indigenous foods. It is really painful to when somebody asks you about what you used to eat and what does currently not exist. So, it is really painful and we are trying to see how we can bring back our indigenous foods.

Much else, we are trying bring back our indigenous foods and we are facing some challenges, more special from the political side because they are looking at commercialization in Uganda and food biodiversity, and that is the what we are looking at and that’s the most challenging factor. I think it’s changing because of the fast food and being from a poor, we believe we are from a poor continent, but we are not poor when it comes to resources, we have all of the varieties of what we can eat, but we are not looking at that, so if we can look at that, the resources we have, we cannot be different from any other country. That is the challenging part, but I’m not seeing that people are taking it to be a serious factor because of lack of information. If we can tell people more about the important of our food, I’m sure they’ll back and try to preserve what we used to have because we have our culture and we believe food goes hand-in-hand with the culture.”

[Amule, Uganda, told on 22 September, in Turin, Italy]

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