About the Prize

The Food Sovereignty Prize spotlights grassroots activists working for a more democratic food system. The honorees are being recognized for promoting food sovereignty by:

  • raising public awareness, organizing on-the-ground action, and/or developing and implementing programs and policies,

  • recognizing the importance of collective action in bringing about social change,

  • building global linkages into their work, and

  • prioritizing the leadership of women, indigenous peoples, people of color, migrant workers and other food providers marginalized by the global food system.

The Food Sovereignty Prize was first awarded in 2009 as an alternative to the World Food Prize founded by “the father of the Green Revolution,” the late Norman Borlaug. While the World Food Prize emphasizes increased production through technology, the Food Sovereignty Prize champions solutions coming from those most impacted by the injustices of the global food system. In honoring those who are taking back their food systems, the Food Sovereignty Prize affirms that nothing short of the true democratization of our food system will enable us to end hunger once and for all.

The Food Sovereignty Prize was developed in 2009 by the International Links Committee of the Community Food Security Coalition and is now awarded by the US Food Sovereignty Alliance.



The 2017 Food Sovereignty Prize is awarded and sponsored by the US Food Sovereignty Alliance

Organizational Members (2015)

US Food Sovereignty Alliance

Agricultural Missions
Alaska Sustainable Fisheries Trust

Applied Research Center/Colorlines.com
Casa del Llano

Community Alliance for Global Justice

Community to Community – De Comunidad a Comunidad

Detroit Black Community Food Security Network

Family Farm Defenders

Food and Water Watch

Food Chain Workers Alliance
Food First!

Food Organizing Collaborative
Friends of Brook Park

Grassroots International
Groundswell Center
Growing Food and Justice for All Initiative

Indigenous Environmental Network

Institute for Agriculture and Trade Policy

International Development Exchange
Local to Global Advocates for Justice

Maryknoll Office for Global Concerns
National Family Farm Coalition

New Orleans Food and Farm Network

Other Worlds

Pesticide Action Network – North America
Presbyterian Hunger Program
Rural Coalition
Soul Fire Farm
South Bronx CSA

Southwest Organizing Project
Southwest Workers Union
United Methodist Committee on Relief

U.S. Friends of the Landless Workers Movement


Climate Justice Alliance
La Via Campesina International
International Planning Committee on Food Sovereignty