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Million Belay

Coordinator, Alliance for Food Sovereignty in Africa & Founder, MELCA, Ethiopia

Million Belay coordinates the Alliance for Food Sovereignty in Africa, a network of major networks in Africa. He is a member of the International Panel of Experts on Sustainable Food Systems (IPES-Food). Million is a founder of MELCA - Ethiopia, an indigenous NGO working on issues of agroecology, intergenerational learning, advocacy and livelihood improvement of local and Indigenous peoples. Million has been working for over two decades on the issues of intergenerational learning of bio-cultural diversity, sustainable agriculture, the right of local communities for seed and food sovereignty, and forest issues. His main interest is now advocacy on food sovereignty, learning among generations, knowledge dialogues - and the use of participatory mapping for social learning, identity building and mobilization of memory for resilience. He has a B.Sc. in biology, an M.Sc. in tourism and conservation, and Ph.D. in environmental learning.

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