Food First

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


LMichael Green

The Institute for Food and Development Policy, better known as “Food First’ is pleased to welcome LMichael Green.

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

Food First Staff

Food First prides itself on assembling a dedicated and diverse team of professionals who are passionate about creating a positive impact in the fight for the food sovereignty. Our staff members are a vibrant tapestry of talents, experiences, and expertise, united by a shared commitment. From marketing wizards to logistics maestros, our business-minded professionals work tirelessly to ensure seamless operations for the organization. View our Staff Members.
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.


A talented group of early career thought leaders dedicating their careers to supporting grassroots struggles and advancing the global movement for food sovereignty.


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.

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