Where Food Justice Grows

The Institute for Food and Development Policy, better known as Food First, works to end the injustices that cause hunger through research, education and action.

Where Food Justice Grows

The Institute for Food and Development Policy, better known as Food First, works to end the injustices that cause hunger through research, education and action.

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Food First

Our Vision

The Institute for Food and Development Policy, better known as Food First, envisions a world in which all people have access to healthy, ecologically produced, and culturally appropriate food.

After 40 years of analysis of the global food system, we know that making this vision a reality involves more than technical solutions — it requires action and political transformation. That’s why Food First supports activists, social movements, alliances, and coalitions working for systemic change. 

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Food First

Our Mission

The mission of Food First is to end the injustices that cause hunger.

Our work—including action-oriented research, publications, and projects — gives you the tools to understand the global food system, build your local food movement, and engage with the global movement for food sovereignty. As a people’s think and do tank,” we are dedicated to ending the injustices that cause hunger and supporting communities to take back control of their food systems. We advance our mission through three interrelated work areas: research, education and action. These work areas are designed to promote informed citizen engagement with the institutions and policies that control our food and to integrate local, national and global efforts. For 40+ years our work informed by a vast network of activist-researchers, supported communities and social movements at the forefront of change in the food system. Our goal, now, is to not only continue that legacy, but to broaden our actions aimed at amplifying BIPOC-led voices in the communities and movements that expose the root causes of hunger, mobilize local food system implementation strategies, and advance real solutions.

Our Team

Our Team

Staff

Ellen W. Harris, DrPH
EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR


The Institute for Food and Development Policy, better known as “Food First’ is pleased to welcome Dr. Ellen W. Harris.

A small but dedicated staff will be re-constituted to collaborate with others and work impactfully to coordinate Food First activities.

Board of Directors

Food First’s Board of Directors is composed primarily of community-based activists who ensure that the organization’s work remains focused on the issues that matter most to people’s daily lives. View all the Board Members.

Fellows

A talented group of early career thought leaders, who are dedicating their careers to supporting grassroots struggles and advancing the global movement for food sovereignty, will be selected soon for the 2022-2023 cohort of Food First Fellows.

consultants

Our consultants are talented and highly qualified professionals that support Food First with the coordination of fundraising, social media, and administrative duties. View all the Consultants.

Food First Events

Rise Up, Scale Up Listening Lab

4-Part Webinar Series

Listening Labs are 90 Minutes

1:00 PM EDT/12:00 PM CDT/11:00 AM MDT/10:00 AM PDT

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The Institute for Food and Development Policy, better known as Food First, envisions a world in which all people have access to healthy, ecologically produced, and culturally appropriate food. Our mission is to end the injustices that cause hunger. As a “people’s think and do tank,” our mission is to end the injustices that cause hunger and support communities to take back control of their food systems. We advance our mission through three interrelated work areas: research, education and action. Since its first book, Food First: Beyond the Myth of Scarcity, Food First has published over 60 books and hundreds of articles and research reports. Our goal, now, is to not only continue that legacy, but to broaden our actions aimed at amplifying BIPOC-led voices in communities and movements that expose the root causes of hunger, mobilize local food system implementation strategies, and advance real solutions.

The purpose of the Rise Up, Scale Up Listening Lab will be to listen closely and learn about BIPOC-led food justice and sovereignty movement work. The goals of the Listening Labs will be to identify best practices, gaps, and opportunities.

Are you an talented, early career thought leader who wants to dedicate career to supporting grassroots struggles and advancing the global movement for food sovereignty?

Fellows Program Application

2022-2023 cohort of Food First Fellows

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