In this episode, we talk with Hnin Hnin, Co-Director of CoFED, an organization working to address food sovereignty issues on college campuses. At the time of this recording, we were still in traumatic shock from the recent Presidential election, but we think you’ll find that the conversation with Hnin is an uplifting one in terms of centering what is most important; direct solutions. Hnin engages us with conversations about the history and reach of CoFED’s growing network, the struggles of college students to find and afford quality food, and the importance of joining together to achieve a common goal.
CoFED was part of our inspiration to start Synergy Airwaves, and they lovingly agreed to let us link up their collection of podcasts, produced and published in 2016 by CoFED’s former director, Farzana Serang. Here’s a list of the episodes:
- 1st Story. Keba Konte: Red Bay Coffee
- 2nd Story. Rani Croager: Uptima Business Bootcamp
- 3rd Story. Hank Herrera: The Center for Popular Research, Education, and Policy (C-Prep)
- 4th Story. John Katovich:Cutting Edge Capital
- 5th Story. Joe Brooks: PolicyLink
- 6th Story. Saqib Keval: The People’s Kitchen
- 7th Story. Farzana Serang: CoFED
Recently, Hnin and MD were both also featured in a collective cookbook from CoFED’s network called Foods that Heal.
Contact Hnin directly at firstname.lastname@example.org about programs, partnerships and speaking opportunities.
In This Episode, We Talked About…
Food Sovereignty is about the rights of all people to healthy and culturally appropriate food including the right to define their own food system. Food sovereignty also means that the food is produced using sustainable methods and with care for the earth.
Food Inequity on College Campuses is a real struggle for many students trying to get a degree today. Here’s an article written in 2016 by the Atlantic. Though many food banks are popping up once the problem is onset, collectives and co-ops such as those in the CoFED network provide students the opportunity to have autonomy and sovereignty when aiming to solve issues of food inequity within their own community.
In the episode we get into some of Hnin’s past work with the Applied Research Center which later became Race Forward. One project was The Color of Food Report, authored by By Yvonne Yen Liu and Dominique Apollon, Ph.D.
We also talked about the amazing organizer, Joann Lo, who’s based in L.A. and is Co-Director of the Food Chain Workers Alliance. Here’s a talk Joann did back in 2011 about workers in the food supply chain at TEDxFruitvale.
“Sweet Drank” by Tori Roze and the Hot Mess