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.
- James Beard Foundation Leadership Award
- Detroit Black Community Food Security Network received the WHY Hunger Food Sovereignty Award Honorable Mention
- "Food Co-ops in Gentrifying Areas Find They Aren’t to Every Taste" - New York Times, February 2014
- "Food, economic development and us" - The Michigan Citizen, October 2013
- "Detroit Black Community Food Security Network’s Growing Determination" - Metro Times, October 2013
- "Urban Harvest - Detroit’s latest crop of farmers reveals the depth of the city’s soil and soul" - B.L.A.C. Detroit, October 2012
- "Malik Yakini of Detroit’s Black Community Food Security Network" - Civil Eats, December 2011
- "Malik Yakini, Detroit Food Justice Activist" - Institute for Agriculture and Trade Policy, April 2012
- "D-Town Farm" - Detroit Urban Innovation Exchange, August 3, 2012
- "Is a Tree Farm The Solution to Detroit's Blighted Neighborhood?" - WDET FM, November 2012
- "Solutions: Big Ideas from the Ground Up" - James Beard Foundation Food Conference