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February 19, 2024

We Declare War On Hunger

By Ndaba Sibanda

We Declare War On Hunger

The Oxford Dictionary defines food
"as things that people or animals eat."
Some synonyms for food are: meals,
nourishment, sustenance, feed, nibbles.

Indeed this month we will tuck into these:
foodstuffs, provisions, rations, refreshments,
cuisines, comestibles, solids, supplies, stores, edibles –
and to whet my appetite, what’s your favorite dish?

As far as my taste buds are concerned nothing beats a dish
of isitshwala and amasi or a plate of injera with beyayenetu.
Isitshwala is a maize or millet or sorghum dumpling. Amasi is fermented milk.
Injera is traditionally made from teff flour. Beyayenetu: delicious vegetarian dishes.

If injera is the most vital component of diet in Ethiopia and Eritrea, then isitshwala
or maize meal is Zimbabwe’s staple food. Food is one of the basic needs of life. It has
nutrients which are key for energy, growth, repair, regulation of processes and upkeep
of body tissues. An African proverb: the chicken that digs for food will not sleep hungry.

Article © Ndaba Sibanda. All rights reserved.
Published on 2024-01-29
Image(s) are public domain.
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