Introduction and Icebreaker: Tell us what a typical meal at your table looks like

Dear Busi.

It seems most Africans/tribes have particular staple food types and they have connotations to their staple foods as you have put it. In Uganda for example; Baganda eat Matooke (food banana), Bakiga eat potatoes both sweat potatoes and Irish potatoes, Acholi, Langi, Madi, Alur, Lugbara, Baluli, Itesot, Bagwere, Banyoro, Batooro, Kumam, some Basoga from Kaliro and Basoga of Namutumba enjoy eating finger millet. Banyankole eat matooke as if it is their staple food yet they are originally known for eating finger millet too. Basoga eat potatoes but they mainly have connotation to maize (posho) and this is their staple food. But Uganda is endowed to the extent that there are lots and lots of food stuffs that people find themselves eating. They eat any type of food for a meal. So things have changed now.

Dear Busi.

You can now see my meal! The food is Matooke (Banana food), yam, some posho (maize food), potatoes, some little rice, greens/vegetables, then pea-nut souse and some mushrooms cooked with white beans.

Dear Nelly.

Your meal looks to be expensive! It’s for high class people and it’s like Hotel food! Do you have such meals everyday? Some health practitioners here in Uganda may think such food if full of fats/calories and they may say it is not very good for a healthy body. Is it true experts?

Thanks Daniel, I have not received it on facebook. My email address is

Hello Sarah

I guess the picture did not upload well, it is not here.

Hi everyone!
Sorry I was not able to join in the icebreaker activity earlier this week because of personal family reasons.
I see there are so many colorful and I’m sure flavorful meals that have already been discussed and shared. Glad to see that.
@smawerere and @rehema : The photo that was uploaded with a dinner table earlier is NOT actually my dinner table. I was testing out the platform and I uploaded a random photo I found online. I had forgotten to remove it. My apologies.
That said, I’m now sharing what I just had for breakfast. I typically like to have yogurt with some fruit and oats. Today, I had plain yogurt with one sliced banana, half of a pear and a sprinkling of whole wheat oats and some dried coconut. Here’s the image:

Hi Nelly,
Thank you for that yummy breakfast although it is too white!!!
When you are preparing a meal, according to nutritious experts in Uganda, a meal should have a variety of colors because according on the plate, each item and color treats the same colored organ in the human body, but your white plain yogurt with the white sliced banana, the white half of a pear and the white whole wheat oats and some dried coconut, I don’t know which part of the body they are going to treat or mend.
You were probably testing the ground …
On second thought that meal has most nutrients like the proteins in the yogurt, the vitamins in the banana and the pear, the whole wheat oats may have some starch and you can get some oils or fats from the dried coconut.
You might pass the test all the same. But try to have more colours.

Hello everyone

Thank you for sharing your meals even though we never got to hear from everybody nor saw all the pictures but some meals were explained well enough for us to have a mind picture of what the meal looks like. That is what radio is all about, sometimes you have to explain things listeners know nothing about and you need to make sure they understand.

I believe we all have been involved in some online discussion or e-learning of some sort. I would like to remind people about the importance of respecting each other. We must understand that we come from different backgrounds, some people may feel uneasy if there is disrespect or being judgmental of each other’s posts. Asking questions when you do not understand or when you need more clarity has always been the best option and it gives the other an opportunity to explain more about what you might not have understood. It is true we might not always see things the same way and that is why we have a discussion so that people can understand.

For those that have not yet shared their meals, we are still looking forward to that.


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Though our Tigreyan community is a hub of immense food serial varieties especially farmers remained rich in producing several food types, farmer’s family are generally vulnerable to malnutrition. children as a result are mostly slanted in physical equipment as well as intellectual performance. lack of awareness is the main constraint for this deficiency.
my to day’s lunch was “shuro wot with Engera” and a single Banana fruit, comparing to you guys posted, sorry am not still equipped with nutritious food staff. there are much more choices that we can have easily in our local area. but our feeding culture I think hampering. we know food insecurity injected us food security is all about fulfilling stomach. but its legacy continued until the time of sufficiency. hens, eggs, honey, fruits, vegetables, and all the rest of food types and spices are more than 90% produces in the rural area. farmers however, tends transporting to urban for sell than domestic consumption. we shouldn’t discourage market oriented production, rather we should educate farmers to intake to replace their exhaustive work produce. we should believe and work, that agricultural radio broadcasting, and broadcasters has a very crucial role in changing the attitude of farmers towards this concern. we should change our self and let to change others most…

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@ Gebrehiwottesfa thanks for sharing your meal. We really need to move away from just fulfilling the stomach and eat healthy foods that will build us up. I believe this discussion will open our eyes so we can do the right thing and also change others.

Hi All,

Sorry for communiing in late.

My names are Martin Mwape. I am a broadcaster in Zambia at a provate radio station called Breeze FM ( I focus on radio programme production on Agriculture and rural development including health issues, environmental issues and health issues.

Talking about my typical meal. It consists of Nsima (made from maize flour), beans and grenn vegatbles. But occasionaly fish, chicken or meat pops in.

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Welcome Martin

We are glad to have you on board. We are looking forward to reading more from you in the discussions we are having.

I think the Nsima is what we call in South Africa pap, it is made from maize flour.

My name is Pauline Kalumikiza Mbukwa, a program officer working at Farm Radio Trust, a strategic partner to Farm Radio International. I have 9 years of experience in participatory radio programming, I am responsible for designing innovative farm radio programs and training broadcasters to do quality farm radio programs that will impact smallholder farmers lives. Talk about my typical meal, it is Nsima served with with leafy vegetables,beans and meat or fish.Unfortunately I do not have a picture to show you the delicious meal.

hello busi? am so glad to meet u again its a nice idea sharing program really i like it .
to tell my usual meal most of the time i prepared Ethiopian traditional food like INJERA BE WOT this meal including poteto vegetables like carrot, spinach green paper, and so on sometimes i include fruit like banana, orange… in addition macaroni, pasta, meat, soup…

Welcome Pauline

I am sure you will share more on your participatory radio programming experience. I can see that Nsima is very popular in here.

Hi All,
I’m Abena Danso, i work at Farm Radio International as a Project Assistant,Ghana office. My favourite meal is our local ghanaian fufu and light soup with fish/meat. I usually like to take some fruits before i take in such a meal. i unfortunately do not have a picture now, but will do so soon enough. Am pleased to meet you all and i hope to catch up with all your discussions. feel free to refer to me as AB. Cheers

Hello and welcome @Abena, we are delighted to have you.

I have tried Fufu a few times, but only in Ghanaian friend’s house and I enjoyed it. One question, you mention you like to eat fruits before such a meal, any particular reason?

I just love fruits and i know it digests better on an empty stomach, like very early in the morning. I also read that it is usually better to take it before meals since eating the fruit alongside such a heavy meal is not too healthy. Did not do much research on it but i like the school of thought so i adopted it into my fruit life. Would love to hear some professional take on it too.

Tumuhe Charles, Kagadi Kibale Community Radio, Uganda. Agriculture programs presenter
I always eat Rice, posho, beans, matooke beef, roasted G.Nuts and paste. i take chapati and cup of porridge for breakfast

hi everybody,
i am Bridget…i think on a normal day,i would just go for what we call red-red with plantain here in is a simple meal made up of bean stew with fried plantain and you could add some gari when eating which is optional.Red-red is an easy to prepare meal,all you need to do is boil the beans,make a sauce with red or palm oil,you add your boiled cooked beans to the sauce,fry your ripe plantain and you are good to go.With this meal,you don’t need animal protein(meat,fish) because you have all of that(i mean protein,the second class protein) in the beans.Most people don’t like to take beans because of its side effects"the flatulence"…yep, you could avoid this if you soak the beans overnight before you cook the next day…Most people call beans a poor man’s meat…In my opinion,i don’t think it is because beans equally contains some essential nutrients from protein which helps the body to repair and replace worn-out tissues to carbohydrate which provides the body with energy to the B Vitamins which are essential to the our skin,hair eyes ,liver to some minerals and a whole lot.
Well,i am looking forward to learning more about nutrition and our health on this forum.