We envision a world where the future of food is women and girls advancing nutrition dietetics and agriculture. Together we create a world where we lead a just food system and heal ourselves and families on our own terms that honor our ancestors' journey.

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WANDA is on a mission to build a movement of women and girls of African descent leading as food sheroes in our communities through education, advocacy and innovation.

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Women Advancing Nutrition, Dietetics and Agriculture (WANDA) was born out of love to heal our community by inspiring, engaging, and informing women and girls to honor our ancestors: 1) by embracing our foodways to heal ourselves and our communities; 2) becoming a healthy food leader and/or entrepreneur and 3) advocating for healthy food policies for our communities.

 

By 2030, the WANDA movement seeks to ensure a million women and girls have access to food systems education, advocacy, and innovative skills to improve their lives and transform their communities from farm to health. Together, we are creating a new crop of food sheroes in Africa and the Diaspora to counter the rise of non-communicable diseases like obesity, diabetes, and heart disease while working to end food apartheid caused by structural inequities in nutritionally divested communities.

  • W: Wisdom of her ancestors guides her journey

  • A: Authenticity is the path she walks and talks

  • N: Nourishes her mind, body, and spirit by reaffirming self-love

  • D: Determined to dig deep and become rooted to remain still in spirit

  • A: Arise from tribulations spreading her wings and bear fruit for her community

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WANDA's work continues to be transformative in many ways. Here is a testimony of how our community has been impacted:

 

“The camaraderie in the sisterhood was a safe space to be yourself. I was excited about the visit to the farm and coming home to cook the greens.”

- WANDA Academy Participant

See more testimonials.

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2016: WANDA LAUNCHES IN USA & NIGERIA

 

2016: WHERE'S WANDA BOOK CAMPAIGN

 

2016: WANDA HOLDS AFRICA FARM TO FORK WOMEN'S

ENTRENEURSHIP PROGRAM

 

2017: 1ST WANDA AWARDS

 

2018: WANDA JOINS AFRICAN NUTRITION SOCIETY

 

2019: WANDA JOINS SIBLEY'S WARD INFINITY RESIDENCY

 

2020: WANDA ACADEMY LAUNCHES

 

2021: WANDA FELLOWSHIP LAUNCHES

  • ASHOKA/RWJF Children's Wellbeing Initiative Winner

  • ECHOING GREEN Semi-Finalist

  • GLOBAL GOOD FUND Semi-Finalist

  • Start-Up Leadership 2nd Place

  • FORD MOTOR Foundation Semi-Finalist