Two GBN members shone at the first Leadership Awards for the National Association for the Specialty Food Trade, Inc (NASFT). Canaan Fair Trade’s founder and director Dr. Nasser Abufarha won the Citizenship Award, and Native American Natural Foods’ CEO Karlene Hunter won the Vision Award.
The awards honor members who have not only advanced food standards in society, but are making a significant impact through visionary social, economic and environmental efforts.
Native American Natural Foods produces Tanka buffalo and cranberry snacks from the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation. Mission-driven from inception, the company works to restore the local prairie and positively impact the economic, social, and nutritional needs of the Oglala Lakota people. Read our green business interview with Native American Natural Foods.
Canaan Fair Trade, a Palestinian company with a social mission, produces organic, Fair Trade olive oil and traditional foods. The company empowers thousands of small farmers caught in conflict to sustain their livelihood, build hope for a better future, and promote economic and cultural interaction towards a peaceful tomorrow. See our profile of Canaan Fair Trade.
“The most satisfying part of winning an honor like this award is the visibility this will bring to the great farmers I work with, the wonderful food products they produce, and the love and care they give to the land they produce from,” says Dr. Abufarha. See their recent Impact Study, assessing their first seven years of operation.
The NASFT is a not-for-profit trade association for food artisans, entrepreneurs and importers. A panel of specialty food professionals and industry influencers selected the Leadership Awards honorees from 67 nominations.