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Jawanda Clemence (foreground).The names of the women around him are not known.
13 September 2021
Score Against Poverty
Photo courtesy of Score Against Poverty
Food, Peace and justice
After entering the Men Can Cook competition, Jawanda Clemence discovered a love of cooking. Now he helps train new competitors and has developed a number of his own recipes. Here he is teaching a recipe for mashed lablab to a group of women. At the time this photo was taken, COVID-19 measures in Zimbabwe only included a recommendation for mask use
Exact date of the photo is not known.
It was easy for me to approach my wife for help with cooking, but what was difficult was for my wife to teach me during the day when everyone can see, says Jawanda Clemence, a participant in the first competition. So I opted to learn at night. My wife would teach me when kids had gone to bed. I was afraid of being shamed by other men in the village.
I wanted to laugh at my friends that were really showing an eagerness to participate, says Clemence. In my family, no man cooks. You marry for your wife to cook for you. What SCORE was talking about was just beyond my imagination.
This project seeks to scale up intercropping systems for improved food, seed and livelihoods security and women empowerment. The impact of climate change on food security is going to be addressed through careful selection of intercropping systems and locally produced seeds that are climate-proof.
The project is located in six wards of Mwenezi district, Masvingo province, Zimbabwe.