BBC announces that Samuel Ikua is the Food Chain Global Youth Champion 2022


Samuel Ikua is a very active Member of HIC that works for Mazingira Institute, Sub-Saharan Africa Focal Point of our Coalition. We welcome this well-deserved recognition of Samuel’s work in defending and promoting human rights related to habitat, especially its work on food sovereignty.

Sam Ikua

About Samuel Ikua’s work

Samuel teaches local people the skills and knowledge they need to start urban farming projects where they live, in order to provide income and food security. Having undertaken an urban farming course in 2015 with nthe Mazingira Institute, he now works for the Institute providing training to others. Samuel encourages communities to collect food waste and use this to feed livestock and create compost for vegetable plots. Other projects include the production of goat milk and yoghurt that people can sell.  Samual is also a member of the core group of the Civil Society and Indigenous Peoples’ Mechanism (CSIPM) for the UN Committee on World Food Security (CFS) where Sam represents Africa. BBC announced this recognition at the BBC Food and Farming Awards in Cardiff on the 9th November 2022. 

Don’t miss a special episode of The Food Chain featuring Samuel’s work, which will be broadcast on BBC Radio 4’s – Thursday 24th November 2022!

About the Award

The Food Chain’s search for a Global Food Champion returned in 2022 for its fifth year. This year, we invited entries from people aged between 18 and 30 who are trying to change the way we deal with our food, from its production to its presentation and consumption, in order to have a lasting effect on our relationship with food. Entries opened on 14th July and closed at 23:00 GMT on 18th August 2022. The Global Youth Champion Award is hosted by BBC Radio 4’s Food and Farming Awards, a UK-based competition. It is the only international category, and open to people living anywhere in the world. Source: BBC