On October 15, 2014 Ali Abd El Rahman accepted the 2014 Food Sovereignty Prize on behalf of the Union of Agricultural Work Committees (UAWC). UAWC shares the prize with Community to Community Development/Comunidad a Comunidad (C2C) of Bellingham, Washington.
UAWC is a Grassroots International partner and has been a leading force for the promotion of food sovereignty (not just food security) in Gaza and the West Bank. Over the past 28 years, UAWC has worked to build farmers’ cooperatives and seed banks, and supports women’s leadership, while continuing to seek its members’ human rights to water, land and food.
Ali is UAWC’s board chairman and traveled to the U.S. for the first time to receive this award. Below is a video of his acceptance speech.