Pan-African Initiative for Farm to Fork Food Kicks off March 12 in Washington D.C.

Tambra Raye Founder and CEO of Nativsol Kitchen and WANDA

Headquartered in Washington, D.C., WANDA/Women Advancing Nutrition, Dietetics and Agriculture is leading a Pan-African movement to ensure fresh farm to table food for all Africans. Founded in 2016, WANDA is on a mission to develop the next generation of women and girls as leaders in agriculture, nutrition and dietetics through education, advocacy and innovation as a means to alleviate poverty, build healthy communities and improve self-sufficiency.

In recognition of National Nutrition Month WANDA will be hosting an event to honor men supporting women and girl leaders in Africa and the Diaspora.

Restaurateur Dr. Baruch Ben-Yehuda of ELife Restaurant Group will be one of the four honorees recognized for his work in advocating for better nutrition in the African diaspora community.

On March 12, 2016 at 2:00 p.m., the honorees will serve on a panel entitled “Black Men Supporting: Women and Girls as Leaders from Farm to Fork,” held at Everlasting Life Restaurant in Prince George’s County, Maryland.

“For National Nutrition Month, we celebrate the men who support and advocate for more women and girls as leaders and producers from farm to fork,” says Tambra Raye Stevenson, founder of WANDA. “With heart disease over homicides being the leading killer among people of African descent, WANDA provides an opportunity for both men and women to support and recognize the need for women and girls to improve our communities with good nutrition”.


“I know it is paramount that we men demonstrate our support for project WANDA and African and Diasporan women from farm to fork and beyond because our lives and that of our people depend on it,” said Dr. Baruch Ben-Yehuda. “I recognize that women are the major contributors to the production of what we eat in America and of course in Africa.”

Additional honorees will include Yao Afantchao, Ethnic Crop Manager, University of the District of Columbia; John Manirakiza, Consultant, Wasafiri; and Mansur Femi Mustapha, President, Nigerians in the Diaspora Organization Americas (NIDOA) D.C. Chapter.

Join the event honorees in a vegan inspired luncheon, the kickoff is part of a fundraising launch for the newly slated initiative to build a platform and a pipeline in supporting, development and acknowledging the need for more women and girls of African descent to be leaders in the fields of agriculture, nutrition and dietetics.

Registration is available at For more information, please email

Keep up with WANDA and support the movement on social media by hashtagging #ILoveWANDA for men to show support for women and girls as leaders in agriculture and nutrition.