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Celebrating the Food Sovereignty Prize on World Food Day

On World Food Day this Saturday, two organizations will be recognized by the US Food Sovereignty Alliance for their commitment to promoting food sovereignty. “Food sovereignty is the right of peoples to healthy and culturally appropriate food produced through ecologically sound and sustainable methods, and their right to define their own food and agriculture systems” (Declaration of Nyéléni, the first global forum on food sovereignty, Mali, 2007). The African Food Sovereignty Alliance (AFSA) and the Farm Worker Association of Florida are the international and domestic winners of the 2016 Food Sovereignty Prize.

AFSA is a Pan African platform comprising networks and farmer organizations working to influence policies and to promote African solutions for food sovereignty. We are proud that Groundswell International is an Alliance Member of AFSA, and that Bern Guri, the director of our partner organization in Ghana and one of our Board members, will be attending the ceremony to accept the award on behalf of ASFA.

The Farm Workers Association of Florida works to challenge the systems “which keep farmworkers and the rural poor in situations of poverty, exploitation, and powerlessness”. Founded in 1986, they are members of the the world’s largest social movement, La Via Campesina.

The 2016 Food Sovereignty Prize award ceremony will take place in Seattle on October 15. Learn more about the event to honor this year’s honorees, the Farmworker Association of Florida and the Alliance for Food Sovereignty in Africa! 

Learn more: Civil Eats recently published an interview with Yonas Yimmer, the director of communications at AFSA, titled, “Five Food System Lessons the U.S. Can Learn From Africa”.

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