This post was originally published at PAEPARD and has been republished with permission.
25–26 July 2017. Harare, Zimbabwe. A KM4Dev gathering in Harare seeked to inspire various actors and disciplines to engage and learn from the practices of informal food CoPs.
The event generated reflections and answers to the following questions:
- How do informal food CoPs respond to the needs of diverse consumers and knowledge seekers?
- What could be the potential role of culture in shaping food demand and supply models?
- To what extent do existing theoretical approaches and concepts around food speak to the peculiar roles of informal food CoPs and traders?
- How do informal food CoPs and traders negotiate power and neutralize the politics of food?
- How can the development sector harness informal knowledge sharing pathways that are used by the majority of African food producers and suppliers to make decisions?
- What can we learn from the way knowledge travels through informal food supply models?
- How can we recognize invisible CoPs that make informal agriculture markets resilient?
- How can we use the KM4Dev toolkit and other approaches to learn from the informal food market?