Location: Virtual (Zoom) Conference

Time:

5:30pm – 8:30pm (November 27 th ); 9:00am – 2:30pm (November 28th)

On Friday, November 27th and Saturday, November 28th , Afri-Can FoodBasket (AFB) will be hosting Toronto’s first Black Food Sovereignty Conference, a FREE, online event exploring the cultivation of food sovereignty in Toronto’s African, Caribbean & Black (ACB) communities. This special event will take place online via Zoom video conferencing platform from 5:30 pm – 8:30 pm on November 27th and from 9:00 am – 2:30 pm on November 28th.

A University of Toronto study revealed that 30% of Black households in Canada experience food insecurity, more than twice the national average. This level of food insecurity illustrates the challenges ACB families face in accessing healthy and culturally-specific foods

One of the most distressing examples of this challenge is in Toronto, Canada’s largest city, where 24% of ACB households were food insecure prior to COVID-19, according to a 2019 study by the Daily Bread Food Bank.

The Cultivating Black Food Sovereignty In Toronto virtual conference will reflect the vigorous efforts made at the community level to achieve food security for ACB communities over the past 25+ years. This important event will help participants and key stakeholders understand the meaning of Black Food Sovereignty, how the COVID-19 pandemic placed a high emphasis in acknowledging food insecurities within ACB communities, and the collective mobilization of grassroots organizations and initiatives such as AFB’s Black Food Toronto initiative developed to provide emergency food relief response for ACB families in need. Most importantly, this event will highlight the various intersectional issues facing the ACB community as they relate to Black Food Sovereignty in Toronto. In addition, it will aim to further strengthen commitments to build a Toronto Black Food Sovereignty Alliance to achieve food sovereignty for the ACB community in Toronto.

Speakers at the conference include Melana Roberts, Chair of Food Secure Canada, Aina-Nia Ayo’dele Grant, Community Resources Social Development, Finance and Administration City of Toronto, Anan Lololi, Founder and Interim Director of Afri-Can FoodBasket & Research Associate at Ryerson University, Malik Kenyatta Yakini, Co-Founder and Executive Director of the Detroit Black Community Food Security Network (DBCFSN), Kirubel Tadele, Communications Officer, Alliance for Food Sovereignty in Africa (AFSA), Saché Jones, Member of National Black Food & Justice Alliance in America, and Edward Benote Hill, Program Manager of the EcoDistricts Accelerator Program and Development Manager of the Black Community Food Systems Initiative located in NE Portland.

Afri-Can FoodBasket (AFB) is a community-based, non-profit organization that has been at the forefront of championing Food Justice and Food Sovereignty for Toronto’s ACB communities since 1995. With a mission to provide leadership in urban agriculture, and foster collaboration to advance food justice, health and social enterprise in the African Canadian Community. AFB now seeks to lead the development of a Black Food Sovereignty Alliance to address the ever growing disparities affecting Toronto’s ACB Community.

We encourage all community members to join us on Friday, November 27th and Saturday, November 28th for the Cultivation of Black Food Sovereignty In Toronto conference.

For more information, please contact Zakiya at 647-962-3479 or email: pr@africanfoodbasket.ca