New Prize: The Thomas Marchione Food-as-a-Human-Right Award

Post by John Brett, President, Society for the Anthropology of Food and Nutrition

The Society for the Anthropology of Food and Nutrition is pleased to announce an endowed award that honors the seminal work Dr. Thomas Marchione did on behalf of the poor and undernourished in his scholarly work and through his work as a Peace Corps volunteer, at The Caribbean Food and Nutrition Institute, The Great Lakes Project on the Economic Crisis and USAID.  Made possible through generous donations of family and friends, this annual award will be given to a student whose work continues and expands Dr. Marchione’s efforts toward food justice, food security and access, and most directly, food as a human right.  Students applying for this award should demonstrate active and productive engagement with food security and food sovereignty issues.  The award can be in recognition of exemplary work already accomplished, in progress, or for proposed research in the field of food as a human right and the social justice aspects of food systems.  It should show concern for the poor and undernourished and a willingness to take an active role in working on behalf of food sovereignty.  Ideally, it would be given to those who are trying to work, in Dr. Marchione’s words, on “the best and more sustainable approaches to fulfill the right to food.”  Given Dr. Marchione’s legacy, preference will be given to proposals from students actively engaged in the central issues that animated his career as a scholar-activist.

There will be one annual award of $600.  The award may be for proposed or in-process research or a research prize for completed work.  The award will be presented to the awardee at the SAFN annual business meeting at the AAA annual meeting.  For more information and application materials, click here. The application deadline is October 4, 2013.

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One response to “New Prize: The Thomas Marchione Food-as-a-Human-Right Award

  1. sol katz

    This is a wonderful idea and tribute to Tom Marchione’s long efforts to insure the food security and the right to food movement throughout the world by making this award to students whose work best exemplifies Tom’s commitment to food activism.

    I also want to call attention to Tom’s exceptional work in helping to provide exemplary leadership in his work for our American Anthropological Association Task Force on World Food Problems.

    He completed this last report in early September 2008 before he passed away later that month. Published in the December 2008 issue of AN News, it remains a very important article that epitomizes the important insights and values Tom brought to our entire field. His article was originally designed to underline our session at the next November meeting that sadly, he did not live to participate in.
    FYI it can be found either through the

    http://blog.aaanet.org/2008/10/02/october-issue-food-security/

    Or directly through Anthro Source at http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/an.2008.49.7.5.2/abstract

    Solomon H Katz Chair AAA Task Force on World Food Problems

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