Food Chain Global Youth Champion 2022: Samuel Ikua

We are pleased to announce that this year’s winner of BBC’s Food Chain Global Youth Champion Award is Samuel Ikua, of HIC Member Mazingira Institute in Nairobi, Kenya.

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 non-profit organisation the 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. In his spare time, Samuel enjoys ballroom and salsa dancing.

The winner of the award was announced at the BBC Food and Farming Awards in Cardiff on the 9th November 2022. Listen to a special episode of The Food Chain featuring Samuel’s work, which will be broadcast on Thursday 24th November 2022.

MORE Information 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.

You can find details of our previous winners further down this page.

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Photo: Samuel Ikua. Source: BBC.

• Agriculture
• Education and training
• Farmers/Peasants
• Food (rights, sovereignty, crisis)
• Local
• Women
• Youth