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At the SRC, Million is part of the research team under the GRAID programme. For the time being, his research focuses on using participatory methodologies, including participatory mapping, for social learning and change. He is an expert and advocate for forestry conservation, indigenous livelihoods and food and seed sovereignty
Million has a BSc in Biology from Addis Ababa University, and a MSc in Tourism and Conservation from the University of Kent. During his MSc Million was awarded the Maurice Swingland Price as the best student in Post Graduate studies at the University of Kent, UK. Million completed his PhD in Education at the Environmental Learning and Research Centre at Rhodes University in South Africa.
Million has completed various trainings in participatory methodologies, especially participatory mapping, research, advocacy, and agroecology. He also has a lot of practice in facilitating youth, nature, and culture engagements, in participatory mapping and in learning labs/workshops.
Million has also published a number of articles, including his two book chapters on intergenerational learning, participatory mapping and critical realism.
Million is the founder and director of MELCA-Ethiopia, and indigenous NGO working on agro-ecology, intergenerational learning, conservation of forests and improving the livelihood of local communities and indigenous peoples. He played a significant part in the establishment and activities of the Africa Biodiversity Network (ABN), and is a co-founder and coordinator of the Alliance for Food Sovereignty in Africa (AFSA); a network of networks that advocates for seed and food sovereignty, as well as promotes agroecology and supporting the rights of local communities and indigenous peoples to their land.
Million is also member of the IPES Food (international Panel of Experts on the Sustainability of Food), where he gained his recent research and policy interest in food systems. He has convened the first Continental and global conference, titled ‘Changing Food Systems in Africa: Food sovereignty, agroecology, nutrition and health.’ The Conference will be an annual event, and will focus on changing the narrative of industrial food systems in Africa.
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Research news | 2018-04-12
New documentary film highlights social-ecological challenges facing Ethiopia's food production systems
Research news | 2017-04-28
Million Belay combines research and policy work to understand an increasingly changing food system in Ethopia and advocate for a better food future