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 Ellen W. Harris, DrPH.

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 dedicating their careers to supporting grassroots struggles and advancing the global movement for food sovereignty, meet 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

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

The application period closed June 30, 2022.

Fellows Program Application

2022-2023 cohort of Food First Fellows

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    Food First News and Views
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    Food First News and Views

    From the Desk of Ellen W. Harris, DrPH Hello All, Where do you begin when deciding how to address issues related to food, the environment, and climate? As I write this introduction for our September issue, I live in a state where the capital, Jackson, MS, is under a state of emergency water crisis. This means that the city’s residents, who by the way are 80%...