Food First

About Us



The Story of Food First

Founded in 1975 by Joseph Collins and Frances Moore Lappé—author of the revolutionary bestseller Diet for a Small Planet—Food First has been working to end the injustices that cause hunger since 1975. 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. An archive of our work fighting for food justice and food sovereignty can be found here.

Our Team

LMichael Green

Executive Director

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

Our Team

Board of Directors

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  • Bobby L. Wilson

    Board President | Founder of Metro Atlanta Urban Farm in Atlanta, GA
  • Dyanne Ladine

    Board Secretary | J.D., M.B.A., L.AC. Founder Of Herban Health, Former University Professor In Ethics, Law, Community Health
  • Henry W. Taylor

    Board Treasurer | Senior Director Of Development at Agnes Scott College
  • Joyce E. King, PhD

    Board Member | Professor Of Education, Georgia State University
  • Shyaam Shabaka

    Board President | Founder Of Ecovillage Farm Learning Center In Richmond, CA
Our Team


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Our Team


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, meet the 2022-2023 cohort of Food First Fellows.
Our Team


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Food First Financials

Annual Reports

Institute For Food & Development Policy (Food First) is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization committed to financial transparency.