M. Jahi Chappell is a political agroecologist whose research combines grassroots work and solidarity, as well as social and natural sciences in order to understand the stakes and opportunities in contemporary food systems. The underlying goal of his work is to support the construction of participatory, socially just, and ecologically sustainable agrifood systems that support all members of society. His work has particularly aimed at exploring the ways society and politics can be re-imagined to support agroecology, food sovereignty, and food justice.
Before coming to Food First, Jahi was an Associate Professor at the Centre for Agroecology, Water and Resilience (CAWR) at Coventry University in the United Kingdom. He has also served on the faculties of Washington State University and Cornell University, and as the Director of Agroecology and Agricultural Policy at the Institute for Agriculture and Trade Policy. Jahi has consulted for La Vía Campesina, the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations, and the World Future Council. His award-winning book, Beginning to End Hunger: Food and the Environment in Belo Horizonte, Brazil and Beyond, was published January 2018 by the University of California Press.