Episode 3: Food care in time of crisis with Ashna Afroze Ahmed
Ikọ zone featuring: Skye Arundhati Thomas
October 21st, 2020
In this episode Otobong Nkanga converses with organic Urban Food Grower Ashna Afroze Ahmed, founder of Prakriti Farming an organization working towards sustainable urban farming in Dhaka, Bangladesh. As Covid-19 has worldwide increase social inequalities and further exposed growing unequal access of individual to vital needs, this episode leans on the case Prakriti Farming to think about the actions of solidarity initiatives in situation of crisis.
Within the Ikọ zone we will listen to the story After Pedro, for the Queen of the Corner, written and read by Skye Arundhati Thomas, a writer and editor living in Mumbai.
Ashna Afroze Ahmed is an Organic Urban Food Grower. She believes a sustainable agriculture and healthy lifestyle can create a healthy generation. Which ensures food safety and security in the long run. With inclusive development and innovation in agricultural sector a better food system can be created. She is a member of World Food Bank an American Urban Farming Forum and IPC (Indian Permaculture Institute) She owns a Facebook page for children's healthy recipe called MummyYummy. She has been an active member of Singapore, Malaysia and Bangkok Urban Farming Forum.
Her 10 years of experience ranges from local and multinational companies in Project Management, Business Development, Sales and Marketing. She worked for Chevron Bangladesh (Oil & Gas) and Beximco Media. She worked as Content Editor for Bangladesh Brand Forum Magazine, and Research Associate for Knowledge Centre a Marketing Think Tank. She Graduated from the University of Delhi.
Skye Arundhati Thomas is a writer and editor based in India. She writes for The London Review of Books, Artforum, Frieze, and others. She is an editor-in-chief at Akademi Mag and a contributing editor at The White Review. Her work pays special attention to contemporary politics, culture, and the histories of South Asia. In her own fiction practice she is interested in vulnerability, portraiture and tenderness.