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AFSA Gets New Chairperson, Board of Directors

By Ruth Tene Natsa, Abuja

Following a democratic election process, the Alliance for Food Sovereignty in Africa (AFSA) has elected a new Chairperson and appointed new members to its Board of Directors.

The AFSA Annual General Meeting 2022, held December 1, 2022, in Cameroun elected Hakim Baleraine, ESAFF Chair, as the next Chairperson of the AFSA Board of Directors. AFSA members also elected three new board members to replace the outgoing board members who had served on the AFSA board for six years

The newly elected board members are Hakim Baliraine, Chairman, ESAFF; Amadou Kanoute, Member, CICODEV; Anne Maina, Member, BIBA-Kenya; Joyce Brown, Member, Health of Mother Earth (HOMEF), Nigeria.

In a statement by the Alliance to Earthnews Nigeria, today, it stated that “For the first time this year, AFSA decided to include associate members in its governing bodies, and Anne Maina of BIBA, Kenya, and Amadou Kanoute of CICODEV, Senegal, were elected to serve on the AFSA Board of Directors.

They also opted to keep the previous board’s three members to continue the remainder of the term and appointed Fidele GANDONOU HOUSSOU, FECCIWA as General Secretary and Mariama Sonko, NSS as Treasurer and Dr.Fasil Gebeyehu, ABN, as member.

In his acceptance speech, AFSA’s new Chair Hakim Baliraine, thanked members for entrusting him with such a significant responsibility. “I want you to know that we will carry on the previous board’s legacy of service, change, and impact, and we will take AFSA to even greater heights and influence, championing our smallholder food producers, advocating for agroecology, and campaigning for resilient, healthy, and just food systems in Africa,” he said.

AFSA General Coordinator, Dr. Million Belay, thanked the outgoing Board of Directors for their impeccable leadership over the past years and expressed confidence that the new board will build on the legacy and marshal a unified and louder voice on issues of food sovereignty and agroecology in Africa.

The AFSA secretariat also gave gifts and certificates to the exiting board

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