Memory, identity and food production among Zimbabwean migrants in Durban, South Africa.
Oni, Femi Emmanuel.
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This study answered questions about the experiences and factors considered in food identification and choice among Zimbabwean migrants, the value chain of food choices among Zimbabwean migrants and how this food production process has influenced development in Durban. This study explores qualitative approach methodology focusing on constructivism epistemology to interpret the relationship that exist between migrants and their food using food mapping as a theory and method to explain their experiences while tracing the food. Sixteen semi-structured interviews helped to follow plants of Zimbabwean origin in Durban from production to consumption tracing the developmental effect. Research shows that the experience of Zimbabwean migrants has a linkage to their culture and identity leaving a trace of home feelings while making choices in consideration to economic, biological and socio-cultural factors. Food value chain analysis helped to capture the sustainable impact of the production of these plants on the economic, social, agricultural and environmental developments. It was concluded that the consumption pattern of these migrants has weighty positive effect on the entire populace, thereby bringing about an aggressive transformation in the economic, social, agricultural and environmental interaction.