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Why African People Should Raise our own Food

From large scale farms to backyard gardens, it is important for Black people to grow and produce our own food.  Black people have a strong history of food production. Before colonialism and slavery, African people were growing, raising, hunting, and fishing for our own food in a sustainable way.  We were people who produced life for ourselves.  

Although this type of development was interrupted over 600 years ago, in AAPDEP we recognize how necessary it is for us to struggle to achieve this in our communities again. Healthy food is essential for life and now more than ever African (Black) people have to be involved in a process of taking back control over our lives. The production and consumption  of food is an essential part of any people being self-sufficient and self-determining. 

 In the first half of 2020 alone, we’ve seen the global negative impacts of not producing food in our communities. In Kenya, inflation and shortage of produce in working class communities exposed the importance of Africans growing food to feed our own people. The Covid-19 repercussions in South Africa increased Africans’ risk of coming in contact with the virus when buying necessities such as vegetables and fruits. In the US, we watched shelves become barren in supermarkets all over the country. If they say there is no food, does that mean we should be forced to starve? Of course not. We must take matters into our own hands and develop our own strategies to feed the community.

Taking the step to produce our own food will have many benefits for our health and our economy.  We will know where our food comes from and what goes into producing it. We won’t be as dependent on our colonizers to provide something so essential to us and our families. Growing our own food independent of our oppressor gives us the ability to win the Black community to be self determining. African People can start to use our resources and labor to benefit our people and not our oppressor. This might seem like a large task at the beginning, but almost anyone can start small and grow something.  It is as easy as growing food on your window sill, or on your porch.  There are even ways to raise fish in your basement! There are many different skills and techniques  for raising food in almost any circumstances.

The biggest resource that we have is each other and the knowledge that we share.  As a people, we are lacking organization; the organization to share our knowledge with each other. AAPDEP provides an organizational vehicle for us to collectivize our skills to improve our communities quality of life. It is the mechanism for sharing our resources and building collectively to provide for ourselves.  The current pandemic, and the recent attacks on African people that have left us dependent are just a few examples of why this is the necessary time for us to start to produce our own food.

We are calling on Africans, no matter where you are located, to #GrowTheRevolution by joining AAPDEP’s Agriculture Committee or take advantage of the resources provided for your community to start growing food today! You can learn more at DevelopmentForAfrica.org. There, you will find more articles that will address African people controlling our food. We even have DIY articles on different gardening techniques, food storage and preparation.  We also have videos on the same subjects. You can also contact us at info@developmentforafrica.org to be put into contact with one of our agriculture committee representatives.

Uhuru! Join the fight for independence! Join AAPDEP today!

#GrowingTheRevolution

5 Vegetables That Are Easy To Grow For A Kid-Friendly Garden

Some Tips Before You Get Started:

  • Buy some garden tools designed for children that are smaller in size and most of the time offer additional safety.
  • Allow children to decorate and personalize their pots!
  • When sowing seeds or transplanting your starter plants, space them out with a little extra room in between. This will help to prevent plants from being trampled on by your children)!

AAPDEP Houston Building for a Sustainable Future

AAPDEP is growing by leaps and bounds in Houston, TX where we’ve had a community garden for the past 6 years.   The garden has been the center of our work here which is part of AAPDEP’s objective to build organizers that will carry out the work of building self-sustaining communities throughout the world.  

It is important, therefore, that we have people who are willing to lend their expertise to build branches.   This is central to the growth of AAPDEP.   We the  AAPDEP Houston Local Executive Committee are the local leadership ready answer the call!  We are taking all required steps to become self-determined people.

Won’t you answer the call and become a member of AAPDEP today.  You can do so by filling out an application here.

Watermelon A delicious Healthy Food of Africa

Watermelon is one of the superfoods that comes from Africa.  This delicious and nutritious food is enjoyed all over the word, but many people don’t know it originated on the African continent. It is widely believed that watermelons originated in southern Africa.  This vine like plant was cultivate by Africans in the Nile valley at least 5000 years ago.   It might be just a coincidence that it shares the same red black and green colors of the African liberation flag, but let’s take a closer look at this favorite of young and old.

Through migration, trade and colonialism the watermelon has been introduced to the rest of the world.   There are many varieties and cultivars of water melon, some with stripes, no stripes and dots.  There are also seedless varieties and some with red, yellow, orange and even white flesh.  Watermelon has been considered both a fruit and a vegetable.  Many parts are used for food including the flesh, seeds, and rind.  Juice and even wine can be made from the melon.  Watermelons are 90% water and contain many nutrients. Vitamins A, B6, C,

Vitamins A, B6, C, lycopene and antioxidants are some of the nutrients contained in this nourishing food.  In desert areas where watermelon grows wild both people and animals use it for water and nourishment. There are many reported health benefits that this food provides including, lowering blood pressure, being anti-inflammatory and improving erectile dysfunction.  Watermelon known by many names:“inhabe” in Zulu, “elegede” in Yoruba, “nwiwa” in Shona, “tikitimaji”, in Kiswahili, and “Georgia Ham” in the southeastern U.S.

Like all of our Natural resource watermelon can be another tool used in the development and liberation of African people. With the correct infrastructure in place, Africans growing watermelons, in Jamaica, Mississippi, Brazil or Nigeria, could send fresh melons along with medicine and clean water to drought stricken areas where African people live.  We could send the same, to places like Haiti when disaster strikes.

With the true African development Africans in parts of Haiti and the Dominican Republic would be able to provide this relief.  There are so many resources available to African people.  With true development these resources can be used to benefit African People.  Join AAPDEP so we can start to build real African development for African people.

AAPDEP Houston needs your help

Houston is AAPDEP’s long-standing agriculture project and is currently still going strong today.  If you are in the Houston area and are interested in helping to keep this project going, join AAPDEP and come out to the garden to lend a hand. This garden is here to provide for the community. Every helping hand matters. Let’s build the community, and be self-determined to do for ourselves.  There is no better time than now.  Here are a few pics of the garden and some of the comrades who are maintaining it.  We are winning!

 

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White power to blame for devastation in Haiti after Hurricane Matthew

To those colonial and neocolonialist leaders, as well as parasitic organizations expressing concern for Africans in Haiti, we say “hands off of Haiti!” Hands off Haiti, hands off Africa and hands off Africans wherever we were forcefully displaced on this planet!

Free Haiti!  Join AAPDEP Today!

by Elikya Ngoma, African People’s Socialist Party

AYITI––Over 850 (and counting) Africans lost their lives to Hurricane Matthew—a category four hurricane with sustained winds of 145 mph—on Tuesday, October 4, 2016. Thousands are left homeless.

The hurricane hit Southern Haiti––“Le Sud”––one of Haiti’s ten departments. Cities in the South include Leogane, Petit-Goave, Jeremie and Les Cayes, all of which have been severely damaged by the raging waters. A key bridge in Ti Goave has been destroyed, keeping the most damages parts of southern Haiti isolated.

Prior to the hurricane, Port-au-Prince—the country’s capital—became a major safety concern. This is where the earthquake struck on January 12, 2010, killing hundreds of thousands of people, injuring at least 300,000 and leaving more than 1.5 million homeless.

Our pain, white power’s gain

When news first spread about the earthquake in 2010, people everywhere donated money to major charity organizations. The American Red Cross (ARC) and the Clinton Foundation were two of the organizations that received the most money, raising $500 million and over $30 million, respectively.

It was revealed that with half a billion dollars, the Red Cross only built six houses—if you can even call them that. The Clintons, on the other hand, pocketed the money and have no response to where the money has gone.

It has been six years since the earthquake and an estimated 55,000 Haitians are still living in tents. Disgustingly enough, both of these scamming organizations have asked for donations in response to Hurricane Matthew hitting Haiti.

Rightfully so, they received heavy backlash from various people on social media. It’s clear to us that they see these disasters as just another ‘come up.’ This is why we Africans in Haiti must be able to exercise our right to self-determination and self-reliance!

Haiti is not poor; it is being looted!

Whenever colonial media speaks about Haiti, the first thing they mention is that Haiti is “the poorest country in the western Hemisphere,” without ever acknowledging why that is.

Africans in Haiti are still paying for our victory as the first successful revolutionary liberation struggle of African or oppressed people, in the world. Defeating three European superpowers—the English, Spanish and the French—the Africans in Haiti stunned the world when we took freedom into our own hands.

Since then, Haiti was to be made an example of to all other Africans. Haiti was forced—by the U.S., Britain and France—to pay reparations to France for its loss of property. The property were the Africans themselves!

Haiti paid France $90 billion in today’s gold prices. The payments took 122 years, ending in 1947. Haiti’s Africans face attack after attack, placed on us by the U.S. and its allies, making it nearly impossible for economic growth.

Some of these include the sugar quota placed in the 1980s, being forced to drop the tariffs on imported subsidized U.S. rice—a move made by Bill Clinton—and being forced to keep the minimum wage at $.24 an hour instead of raising it to $.61 an hour by Hillary Clinton in 2009.

Colonialism at fault!

Hurricane Matthew alone is not what took many African lives; the lack of proper infrastructure also played a major role. Many of the Africans are living in slums, in shack houses with corrugated pieces of metal as roofs.

Deforestation and the lack of a natural defense against aggressive weather is another thing that caused so many lives to be taken. Haitian farmers are cutting down trees to turn into charcoal to sell and raise resources, because of the various agricultural policies placed on us by imperialist powers to keep the economy from flourishing.

To those colonial and neocolonialist leaders, as well as parasitic organizations expressing concern for Africans in Haiti, we say “hands off of Haiti!” Hands off Haiti, hands off Africa and hands off Africans wherever we were forcefully displaced on this planet!

We call on all Africans to join the All African People’s Development and Empowerment Project (AAPDEP), today! We Africans must be able to build to prepare for and protect ourselves against any natural disasters.

AAPDEP’s mission is “to collectivize the vast skills of Africans around the world in order to establish community-based development projects that improve the quality of life for African people everywhere while promoting self-reliance and self-determination as key to genuine,sustainable development.”

Donate to AAPDEP’s Black Ankh Project at www.DevelopmentForAfrica.org!

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Spring/Summer Crop from the Houston 5th Ward Community Garden

Here’s some of this year’s spring/summer crop at AAPDEP 5th Ward Community Garden.  Fall crop in the ground.

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AAPDEP North Alabama Chapter launches community garden in Decatur

Following in a long line of true African Development projects, the All African Peoples Development and Empowerment Project has started a community garden in Decatur, Alabama, a town about 25 miles away from our organization’s headquarters in Huntsville, Alabama.  The new AAPDEP garden, located in the heart of the African community of Decatur, on land  provided by First Missionary Baptist Church, has had a successful 2016 summer inauguration planting.   Members of the local Huntsville AAPDEP chapter along with Africans from the nearby community have shown their dedication to the goal of feeding ourselves and have enjoyed a plentiful summer harvest of green beans, a variety of sweet and hot peppers, cantaloupe, watermelon, tomatoes, squash, cucumbers, corn and more!  This first step of consolidating the Decatur community garden is the seed of a much larger plan to organize the African community in North Alabama to become much more self-sufficient and self-reliant.  For more information, or to find out how you can be involved with the garden or any other AAPDEP project, please contact us at info@developmentforafrica.org.

 

 

 

 

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