The Alliance for Food Sovereignty in Africa has been announced winner of the 2016 Food Sovereignty Prize awarded by the U.S Food Sovereignty Alliance (USFSA).
AFSA has been selected for its success in promoting food sovereignty, agroecology and social justice to ensure that all people have access to fresh, nutritious food produced in harmony with the planet.
Bernard Guri, Chairperson of the Alliance for Food Sovereignty in Africa, noted, “Africa has a myriad of ways to feed her people and to keep her environment safe. However, a few international corporations from the global North have generated approaches strictly for their own profit by misleading our leaders and our people, stealing our seeds and culture, and destroying our environment.”
Mr. Bernard Guri receives 2016 Food Sovereignty Prize on Behalf of AFSA
For AFSA it is clear that the way forward will allow food producers, supported by consumers, to take control of production systems and markets to provide healthy and nutritious food. Facing the many ecological, economic and social challenges in today’s world requires an urgent transition to agroecology to establish the ecologically sustainable, socially just and nutritious food systems of the future, and it can be done through the collective, inclusive and democratic co-generation of the knowledge held by farmers, consumers, researchers and African governments, who are meant to serve the interests of their (farming) populations.