AFSA was selected as a winner for its success in promoting food sovereignty, agroecology and social justice in order to ensure that all people have access to fresh, nutritious food produced in harmony with the planet. The prize is well-deserved. The AgriCultures Network congratulates AFSA with this recognition of its groundbreaking work across the African continent.
The Food Sovereignty Prize champions real solutions to hunger, as opposed to the much-criticized World Food Prize. The US Food Sovereignty Alliance who awarded the prize states that, “this year’s winners are strident in their resistance to the corporate control of our food system” and that they instead “support small-scale farmers and communities, build unified networks, and prioritize the leadership of food providers, including women, farmworkers, peasants, indigenous peoples and other marginalized communities within the system”.
AFSA is coordinated by Million Belay, who is also the director of AgriCultures Network member MELCA Ethiopia.