Honorable Mention: Grow BioIntensive Agricultural Centre of Kenya
Award received by Samuel Nderitu
The Grow Biointensive Agricultural Center of Kenya (G-BIACK) has trained thousands of small-scale farmers in agroecological farming. Its founders established G-BIACK in Thika, Kenya precisely because the region suffers some of the most difficult conditions in the country, including ongoing drought, high rates of HIV/AIDS, hunger, and food systems crippled by years of conventional, chemical-intensive agriculture. GBIACK hosts a demonstration farm, community library, seed bank and classroom. They work with the most marginalized communities, including widows, people living with HIV/AIDS, orphans, women, and poor farmers. GBIACK's ongoing programs, combined with additional workshops such as animal husbandry, beekeeping, and water conservation, empower communities to build food systems free from corporate control and rooted in self-determination, local knowledge, and ecological sustainability.
The 2011 Food Sovereignty Prize Honorees were recognized on November 6, 2011 at the 15th Annual Conference of the Community Food Security Coalition in Oakland, CA. The Prize is supported by the Small Planet Fund, the Lawson Valentine Foundation, the Community Food Security Coalition, and WhyHunger, with in-kind support from additional organizations.