Community Food Systems Mentor Profile: Malik Yakini

The Community Food Systems Mentorship Program offers Network members the opportunity to work directly with a food systems expert to support their growth, learn best practices, and connect with seasoned food movement leaders. 

Malik Yakini
Co-Founder and Executive Director, Detroit Black Community Food Security Network

About Malik:
I have been an activist in Detroit’s African-American community for more than 40 years. I am the co-founder and executive director of the Detroit Black Community Food Security Network. We operate the seven acre D-Town Farm, the Food Warriors Youth Development Program and are spearheading the development of a co-op grocery store. Our work is justice-focused and is rooted in the African cultural continuum, We honor and learn from the past and are future-focused. We have a very sharp critique of the system of white supremacy, capitalism and patriarchy.

Areas of Expertise

  • Board Development
  • Visioning
  • Strategic Planning
  • Leadership Development
  • Community Engagement
  • Urban Farming
  • Anti-Racist Initiatives

Seeking to Mentor

I am particularly interested in working with emerging Black and POC food systems leaders.

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