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Exploring Vhavenda Indigenous Food Practices and Knowledge Contributions to Food (in)security

Exploring Vhavenda Indigenous Food Practices and Knowledge Contributions to Food (in)security
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Author(s): Vanessa L. Mpatlanyane (University of Venda, South Africa), Livhuwani D. Tshikukuvhe (University of Venda, South Africa) and Andani E. Budeli (University of Venda, South Africa)
Copyright: 2022
Pages: 28
Source title: Handbook of Research on Protecting and Managing Global Indigenous Knowledge Systems
Source Author(s)/Editor(s): Rendani Tshifhumulo (University of Venda, South Africa) and Tshimangadzo Justice Makhanikhe (University of Venda, South Africa)
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-7998-7492-8.ch004

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Abstract

This chapter considers VhaVenda indigenous knowledge about foods, its production, and its consumption as a way of exploring indigenous-based solutions to food insecurity. External and internal factors contributing to food insecurity are discussed, beginning with an overview of the current state of food insecurity globally and then locally. Subsequently, the chapter discusses the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on food security levels in both urban and rural settings within a single population. Specific attention is given to the rural setting of Thohoyandou Venda, drawing attention to its challenges and solution-possibilities with particular focus on subsistence farming and home gardening as aspects in VhaVenda culture. Finally, the authors provide a catalogue of indigenous food sources and agricultural practices thereby exploring local knowledge as a possible mechanism to combat food insecurity in the contemporary period.

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