#EmpowerDinner At SXSW

Marcus Samuelsson leads our EmpoweringDinner panel at SXSW

Marcus Samuelsson leads our EmpoweringDinner panel at SXSW

Our commitment to empowering safer and healthier cooking in Africa was part of the converted line-up for this years SXSW festival in Austin.

Our panel had the honor of being moderated by Chef Marcus Samuelsson as we discussed the impact of our recent project in Ghana, where over 4000 people attended our wonderfeast.

In sub-Saharan Africa, 94 percent of the rural population cooks over open fire, which leads to indoor air pollution-related illnesses, including four million deaths/year globally.

Innovative solutions come in many forms, not just high-tech gadgets and the panel discussed the Wonderbag / Pfizer pilot program in Ghana that explored the way an alternative cooking method could lead to the sharing of knowledge about healthier living.

Key takeaways included learnings from public-private partnerships; creative delivery of health information to spark measurable, sustainable behavior change; and ways to apply learnings from Africa’s “last mile” villages to communities here at home.