On the 15th of March 2016, a Dillard University delegation from Louisiana, USA came to visit the activities of Slow Food in Ghana.
Dillard University is a private, historically black liberal arts college in New Orleans founded in 1869. The University offers both Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Science degrees, and has a College of Business and a College of Arts and Sciences.
The Dillard team was led by Re’Shawn N. Rayford, the Study Abroad Program Coordinator. Other members of the team included Prof. Richard S. Igwike, Interim Dean of the College of Business and Chair of the School of Business Administration, and students Isis Carter and Aaliyah Cummings.
Philip Amoah, the National Coordinator of Slow Food in Ghana welcomed them. With him were Kingsley Kwadwo Arnold and Seth Kojo Manu, members of SAg –Afiaman Convivium and members of the Youth Network in Ghana, Adotei Brown (aka Farmer Brown) who is a member of the DAA Association and the beneficiaries of the related five family gardens.
The team travelled to Ngleshi Amanfrom near Weija, where they were hosted at Farmer Brown’s Facility. Here they visited the agro-ecological garden and the traditional farm (rearing turkeys, rabbits, grasscutters and ducks) and had the opportunity to taste some local foods such as Sarbo (a traditional food made of boiled corn and groundnut cooked in corn husks), barbecued rabbit, Sobolo (bissap juice), palm wine and noni (Morinda citrifolia tree) wine. The visit continued on to two other Slow Food gardens from the 10,000 Gardens in Africa project, where the students were introduced to local leafy vegetables such as Aleefu, Kontonmire (cocoyam leaves), Ayoyo, Gboma and shule.