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FOOD
AMBASSADOR
PROGRAM

Join our mission to preserve and celebrate the cuisine of the continent! The Food Ambassador Program is essential to the success of the Recipe Archive, acting as the connection between the Jikoni team and the communities we want to preserve.

a world map graphic highlights all the countries included in the African diaspora, with different saturations of red to show how many Africans have migrated to that part of the world. Africa, in the center of the map, is highlighted in a dark red.

ABOUT THE PROGRAM.

Are you passionate about food and culture? Do you have extensive knowledge of your country's cuisine and culinary heritage? Do you want to make a difference in the continent by preserving traditional recipes and amplifying emerging culinary talent?

 

We are on a mission to curate a digital recipe database that will document traditional and modern recipes from Africa and its diaspora communities. We are looking for Food Ambassadors to join our team and act as the connection between us and the communities we want to preserve.

Regionally specialized Food Ambassadors will go into their local communities to source recipes from bloggers, chefs, and home cooks. The role of a Food Ambassador is to find local experts and work with them to identify the core cultural dishes of the region, passing them onto the Recipe Archive to preserve for generations to come.

The ideal candidate should have experience in documenting the recipes of their local culture. They should be passionate about their country's cuisine, their personal culinary heritage, and be knowledgeable in online recipe media. They will be specialists in their region, and in return will receive a stipend. The role is a 1-year commitment, with the opportunity to extend. 

WHAT DO THE 
AMBASSADORS DO
?

THE AFRICAN DIASPORA: DEFINED.

The African diaspora refers to the global dispersion of people who are of African descent. These people are descendants of enslaved Africans who were forcibly transported from the continent to the Americas, Europe, and other parts of the world during the Transatlantic slave trade. 

 

People from the African diaspora share a common history, culture, and legacy of slavery and oppression. Some members of the African diaspora were born in Africa and have left the continent to pursue employment opportunities or education in other parts of the world. Other members were born outside the continent but have family roots within Africa, often returning to their ancestral hometowns to invest in Africa's economy and reconnect with their family history. Living abroad gives these people a nuanced culinary identity, as their food culture is often a melting pot of multiple culinary cultures from across the world.

a world map graphic highlights all the countries included in the African diaspora, with different saturations of red to show how many Africans have migrated to that part of the world. Africa, in the center of the map, is highlighted in a dark red.

The African diaspora stretches across the globe, with African-descended populations estimated to be 39 million in North America, 113 million in Latin America, 14 million in the Caribbean, and 4 million in Europe.

12.5

million

Africans were displaced during the Transatlantic slave trade

+3k

Tribes exist today in Africa, all using oral tradition

170

million

people of African descent live outside the continent 

+65

countries are included in the global African diaspora

1. https://thediasporacollective.com/blogs/discover/the-african-diaspora 2. https://www.history.com/news/what-part-of-africa-did-most-slaves-come-from 3. https://whileinafrica.com/meet-the-tribes-in-africa/ 4. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/African_diaspora

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