In July’s Farming for Justice discussion Kabui dove into the ways interdependent communities organize to create unique solutions to foster food sovereignty, interdependent communities, and lower carbon footprints. In this webinar, we learned how small scale agriculture is a core pillar of building a more sustainable food system, through the lens of Kabui’s lived experience as a kenyan refugee, chef, and anthropologist.
More about the Presenter: Chef Njathi Kabui was born in rural Kenya to a coffee farmer mother and restaurant owner father, both of whom took an active role in the Kenyan independence movement. Immigrating to the United States at the age of 20, Chef Kabui earned Masters degrees in both Medical and Urban Anthropology at the University of Memphis and a Bachelors in Political Science and Philosophy Studies at the historically black LeMoyne-Owen College. He now leverages his rich legacy by sharing his extensive knowledge of farming, culinary skills, and food justice as he travels across America, Europe, and Africa. He is committed to changing the way society views food, justice, and sustainability. In college, Kabui started speaking and doing community organizing work around issues of social justice. Early in his work as an activist, he advocated for fair housing and healthy eating. He spoke to urban elementary school students about achievements in African history and the importance of academic progress for African American youth. He also shared widely the effects of colonialism on Kenya and the traditions of his native Gikuyu indigenous group, connect struggles abroad to those happening in the U.S. He founded The Association of African Students at LeMoyne-Owen College, showcasing African culture during African History Month, a tradition that continues to this day. In 2004 he founded a youth empowerment and community organizing group in the NC Triangle area for cultural and intellectual development and to improve community interdependence and self-reliance. To learn more about Chef Kabui please visit his website: https://www.chefkabui.com/
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