DAPP Teacher Attends 2018 Terra Madre Salone Del Gusto Forum in Italy
Agnes Chipamba, a DAPP graduated teacher, has been tirelessly promoting the establishment and maintenance of vegetable gardens at Kanjira primary school in Mzobwe zone IN Lilongwe rural where she is a teacher under the DAPP graduated teachers network known as 400 primary schools program. The program focuses on providing opportunities to graduated teachers from DAPP Teacher Training Colleges who work in government primary schools to stick together and support each other voluntarily in changing the schools where they are placed. She was among the 4 chosen teachers in September 2017 by Slow foods International, an organization which promotes the importance of eating local foods and issues of sustainable food production, to attend the 2018 Terra Madre Salone Del Gusto vegetarian option forum which focused on the importance of a modern plant based diet as one way of protecting animals, the environment and health.
With this year’s theme #FOODFORCHANGE, Agnes represented DAPP Malawi at this year’s Terra Madre Salone Del Gusto in Tarin, Italy from the 20th – 24th September 2018 where she was given the opportunity to explain her techniques in vegetable garden establishment and the preservation of local vegetables.
“This celebration of local foods gave me the opportunity to not only share my skills and knowledge, but to also learn from my fellow attendees on what I could do better as a teacher to improve Malawi’s food systems. I learnt how to conserve local vegetable seedlings in order to ensure that they don’t become extinct as well as new vegetable garden maintenance techniques in times where schools are on holidays just to mention a few” says Agnes
The Terra Madre Salone Del Gusto is an international gastronomy exhibition which takes place every 2 years with delegates from more than 150 countries in the world. The event comprises of a large market with activities like conferences, forums, workshops, tastings and cooking lessons.