Wangari Kuria, the founder and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Farmer on Fire Limited was among three Africans recognised in the New York Global Citizen Prize Award 2023.
During the prestigious ceremony, which took place at Glasshouse in New York on April 27, Kuria was recognised for providing information to farmers in Kenya.
Her organisation works with vulnerable single mothers from pastoralist communities who are affected by severe climate change.
She trains the women in her farms where they produce mushrooms, black soldier fly larvae and azolla.
“This year, the award for trailblazing activist in systemic barriers and food security goes to Wangari Kuria known as the Farmer on Fire.
“Wangari Kuria is a young farmer using her platform to educate and inspire people to fight for food security,” Global Citizen noted.
Kuria took up farming full-time in 2020 when she sought to end hunger and address food security in the country.
She is known for her passion for finding solutions to increase food supplies in Africa through social media where she shares information through captivating content that engages her audience in agricultural conversations.
“As we continue to fight for a world where everyone has access to enough nutritious food, it is encouraging to know that selfless heroes like Wangari are at the forefront of change,” Global Citizen stated.
Wangari Kuria was also one of the winners of the Forbes Forty Under 40 Africa Awards under the Agriculture Award category.
Others who were recognised for the Global Citizen Prize Award included 28-year-old Nkosana Butholenkosi Masuku from Zimbabwe.
He was recognised for teaching STEM subjects in rural schools and creating a learning platform that offers applied and practical STEM education to pupils across Zimbabwe at a low cost.
27-year-old feminist from Rwanda Ineza Umuhoza was also recognised for the award because of her drive for climate change and her research in the field.
Ineza is also the founder and CEO of the Green Protector, a Rwandan NGO working to increase active youth participation in protecting the environment through climate action