Malik Yakini

Executive Director, Detroit Black Community Food Security Network

Detroit, MI

Prioritize Equity, Regenerate Soil & Nature  |  Community Economic Development, Environmental Sustainability, Food and Agriculture

Malik fosters food justice and food sovereignty in Detroit’s African American Community.

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 served as an Institute for Agriculture and Trade Policy Food and Community Fellow from 2012-13. He was a James Beard Foundation Leadership Awards winner in 2012.


  • 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.