Picturing Resilience in Foodways: Northern Ethiopia
Art session
Floor 2
08:50 - 19:00
Ethiopia is associated with devastating famine and food insecurity, and at the same time, its traditional food-ways (the way people grow, process, sell and eat food) are complex connected knowledge environments. Markets are the central nodes of these food-ways. They reinforce social connectivity, link rural and urban networks and in this way foster aspects of social resilience. Markets also distribute seasonal food and provide culturally relevant food for religious occasions, strengthening cultural practices. As Ethiopia rapidly modernizes, and supermarkets link to global food chains, the ways of being embodied in these ‘vernacular’ food-ways are being reconfigured.

By Gwendolyn Meyer