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Malik Yakini

Executive Director

Detroit Black Food Security Network

Detroit, Michigan

Real prosperity is a healthy community that respects all of its members, encourages their maximum development, and is able to harness the economic energy that such a community generates.

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Malik Kenyatta Yakini is a founder and the executive director of the Detroit Black Community Food Security Network, and a member and former chair of the Detroit Food Policy Council. He views the “good food revolution” as part of the larger movement for freedom, justice, and equality. He has an intense interest in contributing to the development of an international food sovereignty movement that embraces black farmers in the Americas, the Caribbean, and Africa. He is currently an Institute for Agriculture and Trade Policy Food and Community Fellow, and a 2012 James Beard Foundation Leadership Award winner.


  • The Detroit Black Community Food Security Network led the organization of the Detroit Food Policy Council
  • D-Town Farm recognized as one of Detroit’s leading urban farms.
  • D-Town Farm’s Annual Harvest Festival exposes Detroiters to urban agriculture and healthy eating.
  • Food Warriors Youth Development Program engages young people at two Detroit schools and one church in experiences that teach them about food security, food justice and organic agriculture.
  • The Ujamaa Co-op Buying Club encourages cooperative buying.