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Indigenous African fruits, a “jam” hidden in plain sight.

Indigenous African fruits, a “jam” hidden in plain sight.

As one goes through various literature on the role of Recommended Daily Allowances (RDA), of nutrients, it is a rather mammoth task to come across any tangible African indigenous fruits that have been studied intrinsically and extensively. There is a big challenge with Africa, which needs to be rectified with…

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Small-scale farms as a Cure for African food insecurity by Lilia Hrytsai

Small-scale farms as a Cure for African food insecurity by Lilia Hrytsai

Commentary: AFR is happy to bring you information and knowledge from one of our research members. As we consider African issues, we at AFR are open to the views and ideas of not only local but global scholars. Here is an interesting article by Liliia Hrytsai a PhD candidate in…

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How has COVID-19 affected the African Indigenous food markets with reference to Umnyi (Birds plum) in Zimbabwe?

How has COVID-19 affected the African Indigenous food markets with reference to Umnyi (Birds plum) in Zimbabwe?

Umnyi being sold at Shasha market in Bulawayo, Zimbabwe Reports show that a total of 187 countries have been affected by the coronavirus, with a death toll of 255000. Zimbabwe has recorded a total of 34 confirmed cases and 4 deaths (www.worldometers.info). Similarly to China, nations have followed the same…

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Practicing Ubuntu Under Lockdown: AFR COVID-19 Tips!

Practicing Ubuntu Under Lockdown: AFR COVID-19 Tips!

During this time people have been asked to stay at home due to the COVID 19 and maintain social distancing. This comes by as a measure to contain the virus and curb the spread, nations and the world has been shut down.    People are spending all of their time at…

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The history of groundnuts…

The history of groundnuts…

Groundnut (Arachis hypogaea L.) belongs to an important family Leguminosae. Groundnut is also known as peanut, earthnut, monkey nut, pinda, goober and manila nut. Groundnuts (Arachis hypogae L.) are an important nuts in African villages Groundnut originated in South America specifically in southern Bolivia and the northwestern region of Argentina…

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COVID 19 A.F.R Special Tips!

COVID 19 A.F.R Special Tips!

Commentary: The following tips are offered from an Indigenous Knowledge perspective and should be taken into consideration as untested or verified agents, however, culturally they have been successfully practiced. They may be helpful especially to those who cannot afford western medicine standards. Stay home. Stay Safe. -Nolwazi Mhodi Here are…

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SPICING UP AN AFRICAN DELICACY | AMAQEBELENGWANA

SPICING UP AN AFRICAN DELICACY | AMAQEBELENGWANA

I have always been fascinated by my grandmother’s cooking. This captivation was a result of the countless visits we made as kids to her delightful home. The new Qebelengwana I have always been fascinated by my grandmother’s cooking. This captivation was a result of the countless visits we made as…

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INCHING IN THE SINKING Climate change reality in Bulawayo.

INCHING IN THE SINKING Climate change reality in Bulawayo.

Nolwazi Mhodi 26 February 2020 Pic. Flooded house in Pumula South, Bulawayo. Courtesy of social media Climate change has scaled up from just being more than talk or an idea to an ever-present reality. On February 23rd, the city of Bulawayo, Zimbabwe was covered in almost knee-high levels of water.…

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Go Nuts With Doughnuts.  Tusty Czwartek In Poland.

Go Nuts With Doughnuts. Tusty Czwartek In Poland.

Nolwazi Mhodi 20 February 2020 February the 20th is popularly known as Fat Thursday or Tusty Czwartek in Polish. On this day, poles celebrate life by sharing doughnuts with others. It's a day spent indulging in something sweet and fatty, and that, of course, being doughnuts. And the fun thing…

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Amadlozi

Amadlozi

Introduction A fascinating belief can be observed within the African community that of ancestral spirit worship, popularly known as Amadlozi in the Nguni speaking community. This paper seeks to explain what Amadlozi are. In the first part of the paper will explain and define what they are. The second part…

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