The 2013 Food Sovereignty Prize
By Tristan Quinn-Thibodeau, WhyHunger

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Hunger is not solved by growing more food, but by sharing the abundance of food we have. On Tuesday, October 15th, in a ceremony in lower Manhattan, the Food Sovereignty Prize will celebrate the vision of food and agriculture that relies on sustainable practices, cooperation, and local control rather than chemicals and industrial profits. Michael Pollan has called the Food Sovereignty Prize, "an important alternative to the World Food Prize. Its recognition of people working to promote genuine and sustainable food security, rather than simple food production, is needed and welcome."

Top honors for the 2013 Food Sovereignty Prize will go to an innovative partnership between Haiti's Group of Four (G4) peasant organizations and Brazilian peasant agronomists known as the Dessalines Brigade, named for Haitian revolutionary leader Jean-Jacques Dessalines. The peasant-to-peasant collaboration between G4 and the Dessalines Brigade has been critical in rebuilding the Haitian countryside after the 2010 earthquake through agroecology, seed saving, and cooperative farming.

Honorable mentions for the 2013 Food Sovereignty Prize go to the Tamil Nadu Women’s Collective of India, National Coordination of Peasant Organizations of Mali, and the Basque Country Farmers Union in Europe for their roles to make a more democratic food system.

Join the US Food Sovereignty Alliance in honoring the 2013 Food Sovereignty Prize honorees next Tuesday, October 15, 7-9 p.m. at The Great Hall of Cooper Union. The ceremony will also feature longtime farm advocate, civil rights activist, and former USDA official, Shirley Sherrod, as the keynote speaker. Martha Redbone and Jen Chapin will give special musical performances. The event is co-hosted by WhyHunger, the Prize is sponsored by the Small Planet Fund, the Lawson Valentine Foundation, the Presbyterian Hunger Program, and many other organizations have contributed to make this event possible.

Tickets are free and open to the public! Reservations must be made at www.foodsovereigntyprize.org.

Can’t attend? Watch the live stream at www.foodsovereigntyprize.org (on October 15th, at 7-9 PM Eastern) and join the conversation on Twitter at #FoodSovPrize.

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