Understanding Food Choices in Africa

Darrmetacia Winston, Family Consumer Science, Olympic High School

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What influences food choices? Availability of food in specific areas has a direct influence on food choices there. The irrigation of land in a certain area can directly relate to the commerce in that area. Countries have been using food as a way of trade and income for their population. Looking at three primary aspects of Africa—culture, availability of land, and history—one can identify the influence of each on food choices. Geography is an important aspect in this unit when deciding upon food influences in the continent, but one should also examine cultural influences, religion, and simple personal preference.