Colombia wastes about 9.76 million tonnes of food on an annual basis. Adult obesity prevalence has increased and its burden is shifting towards the poor and urban populations. We wanted to address these trends and were motivated by the Social Gastronomy Movement.
We designed an effective curriculum that initiates a circular economy model around nutrition and food. Alongside SENA, we offer workshops that empower women through dialogue and cooking-certification workshops. Community members become independent beneficiaries and are mentored to act as social-changers alongside chefs to gain work experience in the gastronomic sector. All proceedings are either donated or reinvested to recreate the process, forming an alumni body of empowered community members and alliances.
We use food as a tool to strengthen social cohesion, utilizing partnerships with foodbanks like SACIAR to provide the ingredients for our workshops and reduce food waste. Our participants by the end of the workshop series are equipped with knowledge on sustainable cooking and opportunities in gastronomic field.