Raj Patel is an award-winning writer, academic and activist. He has degrees from Oxford University, the London School of Economics and Cornell University; has been a visiting scholar at Yale; and is now a Visiting Scholar at UC Berkeley’s Center for African Studies and an Honorary Research Fellow at the University of KwaZulu-Natal in Durban, South Africa. Raj was a Food First Policy Analyst from 2002 to 2004 and co-edited the Food First books Promised Land: Competing Visions of Agrarian Reform with Peter Rosset and Michael Courville and Food Rebellions! Crisis and the Hunger for Justice with Eric Holt-Giménez and Annie Shattuck. He is also the author of the internationally acclaimed books Stuffed and Starved: The Hidden Battle for the World Food System and The Value of Nothing.
Raj’s work on sustainability, food and economics has been translated into over a dozen languages. He has also published widely in the academic press, with articles in peer-reviewed philosophy, politics, sociology and economics journals. He works in support of a range of social movements, including the international peasant movement La Vía Campesina and the Abahlali base Mjondolo shackdwellers’ movement in South Africa. As a Food First Fellow, he has testified in front of US Congress on the root causes of the 2008 food crisis, and continues to advise the United Nations Special Rapporteur on the Right to Food.