PRESS ADVISORY: 2016 Food Sovereignty Prize Ceremony to Honor Grassroots Organizations Challenging Corporate Control of the Food System

CONTACT: Heather Day, Executive Director, Comumnity Alliance for Global Justice: heather@cagj.org, (206) 724-2243; Colette Cosner, Communications Coordinator, Community to Community Development: colettecosner@gmail.com, (206) 250-2680

SEATTLE, WA – The US Food Sovereignty Alliance (USFSA) is pleased to announce the honorees of the eighth annual Food Sovereignty Prize – the Alliance for Food Sovereignty in Africa (AFSA) and the Farmworker Association of Florida (FWAF). The honorees will be awarded the prize in Seattle, Washington on October 15th, 2016 at the Food Sovereignty Prize awards ceremony.

WHAT: Food Sovereignty Prize awards ceremony honoring the Alliance for Food Sovereignty in Africa (AFSA) and the Farmworker Association of Florida (FWAF).

WHEN: Saturday, October 15th, 6PM

WHERE: Town Hall Seattle, Eighth and Seneca St., Seattle, Washington or tune in via Facebook livestream at https://www.facebook.com/USFoodSovAlliance/

This year’s honorees were selected for their 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. Lauded as an alternative to the World Food Prize, the Food Sovereignty Prize champions real solutions to hunger and is recognized by social movements, activists, and community-based organizations around the world. This year’s honorees are strident in their resistance to the corporate control of our food system, including false solutions of biotechnology that damage the planet while exacerbating poverty and hunger.

The Alliance for Food Sovereignty in Africa (AFSA) was founded in 2008 by a group of activist networks and launched in Durban, South Africa. AFSA brings together organizations representing smallholder farmers, pastoralists, and hunger/gatherers, indigenous peoples, and more from across Africa. Together, they advocate for community rights and family farming while promoting traditional knowledge systems and protecting natural resources.

The Farmworker Association of Florida (FWAF), founded in 1986, has a long-standing mission to build power among farmworker and rural, low-income communities to gain control over the social, political, workplace, economic, health, and environmental justice issues affecting their lives. Their guiding vision is a social environment in which farmworkers are treated as equals, not exploited and deprived based on race, ethnicity, immigrant status, or socioeconomic status.

Join the US Food Sovereignty Alliance (USFSA) as we honor the 2016 Food Sovereignty Prize Recipients at the eighth annual Food Sovereignty Prize awards Ceremony.

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