World Environment Day, Think-Eat-Save

5th June 2013

Today is World Environment Day, a global day for positive environmental action organised by the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP). It takes place on 5th June each year, and this year’s theme is Think – Eat – Save, an anti-food waste and food loss campaign that encourages us all to reduce our ‘foodprint’ by buying local and thinking more consciously about our food choices.

In celebration, we thought we’d share some photos of the locally-sourced foods we’ve been eating here at Fieldbase over the past few days.

Our morning ritual of an invigorating cold shower and a hearty mess tin of porridge successfully wakes us up ready for our 9 a.m. team meeting and an active day ahead. We take it in turns to make up a vat of oats and then add our own extras, with favourites including honey sourced from our Elephant and Bee project, or chocolate powder for those with an even sweeter tooth.

Lunch is a different affair altogether. We all step away from our work to enjoy a delicious meal prepared using only fresh local ingredients by our cook Veronica, including coconut, avocados, tomatoes, plantains and pineapples. Traditional dishes such as mixed beans or beef stew with coconut rice leave us feeling utterly satisfied… and somewhat in need of a nap!

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– Veronica preparing fresh coconut rice for us –

When it comes to dinner, we’re on our own again. For our evening meals this week, we split into groups for a ‘Come Dine With Me’ competition, taking it in turns to cook up a feast for everyone within a budget of 10,000 Tanzanian Shillings (TZS), or £4. As you can imagine, this requires creativity and a good rummage through the logs store for leftover staples from 13B (boxes of soggy crackers and tins of sardines being a highlight!), as well as some cheap, local produce.

Fortunately for us, less than two minutes wander away is a market stall owned by the very friendly Rajabu Athamani, stocked with all the fresh ingredients we need to whip up tomato and aubergine chapatti pizzas followed by mixed fruit rice pudding.

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– our local market trader, Rajabu Athamani –

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– fresh vegetables (or ‘mboga’) and sugar cane (‘miwa’) at the market stall –

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– the cornfield opposite fieldbase –

All of Raleigh’s projects aim to support environmental sustainability, as well as the other Millennium Development Goals set out by the UN. We’ll be posting up progress updates throughout the course of Expedition 13D, so you can see how our projects are making a positive impact on the environments and communities here in Tanzania. In the meantime, if you’d like to learn more, why not take a look at this post from the last expedition? http://raleightanzania.blogspot.co.uk/2013/04/1000-days-of-action-countdown-to.html

To find out more about World Environment Day, follow this link: http://www.unep.org/wed/

P.s. This Friday, the advance team are off on safari! We’ll post up some photos over the weekend, so please check back then.

 

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