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16 years of

BUILDING BLACK
FOOD SOVEREIGNTY

TOGETHER WE CAN HEAL OUR COMMUNITY

Biennial Conference of the Alliance for Food Sovereignty in Africa

Was blessed to spend a week in Yaounde, Cameroon. I was there to attend the 4th Biennial Conference of the Alliance for Food Sovereignty in Africa “Mobilizing African Food Policy and Actions for Healthy Food Systems.” There were multiple presentations at the conference about Agroecology, food policy, and promotion food sovereignty on the Continent. The theme of the conference was “My Food is African.” It was attended by reps from 27 African nations. I was the only “African American” at the conference.

I represented the Detroit Black Community Food Security Network and the National Black Food and Justice Alliance. The invitation to attend, my travel expenses and the opportunity to speak at the conference were because of the good graces of the U.S. Food Sovereignty Alliance. Shout out to Heather Day for making it happen.

The theme of my talk and PowerPoint presentation was Building Black Food Sovereignty: Linking Africa and the Diaspora. It highlighted the work of DBCFSN, NBFJA and the Black Food Sovereignty work being lead in Toronto by Anan Lololi. It reminded the participants of the important role that Africans born in the western hemisphere have played in the development of the Pan African idea. The presentation was very well received with multiple people saying it was the most inspiring of the conference.

I’ll post more narrative and pics of my trip over the next few days.

#MyFoodIsAfrican #africaforafricans

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