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.
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.
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
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.
2016: WANDA LAUNCHES IN USA & NIGERIA
2016: WHERE'S WANDA BOOK CAMPAIGN
2016: WANDA HOLDS AFRICA FARM TO FORK WOMEN'S
2017: 1ST WANDA AWARDS IN WASHINGTON, DC
2018: WANDA JOINS AFRICAN NUTRITION SOCIETY
2019: WANDA JOINS SIBLEY'S WARD INFINITY RESIDENCY
2020: WANDA ACADEMY LAUNCHES
2021: WANDA FELLOWSHIP LAUNCHES
2021: WANDA ENDOWED SCHOLARSHIP 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