Food First is working to eliminate the injustices that cause hunger.
--Research for Action: The goal of Food First’s research work is to generate information and analysis for food sovereignty—locally and globally.
--Education for Change: Food First publications are widely used in university courses and by community groups around the world. Food First has published over 60 books, with translations in 22 languages worldwide.
--Projects for Transformation: Food First is not just a “think tank.” We also support community-based projects around the world that are creating real change for real people. Through our Campaign for the Restoration and Conservation of Pollinators, we work with peasant farmers in Central Mexico to spread knowledge about sustainable agriculture through community radio programs and farmer-to-farmer networks. In West Africa, Food First supports the We are the Solution Campaign, a campaign led by small farmers and women to spread agroecological knowledge and advocate for policies that support family farming—not large-scale industrial agriculture.
Called one of the county's “most established food think tanks” by the New York Times, the Institute for Food and Development Policy, also known as Food First, is a “people's” think tank. Our mission is to end the injustices that cause hunger, poverty and environmental degradation throughout the world. We believe a world free of hunger is possible if farmers and communities take back control of the food systems presently dominated by transnational agri-foods industries. We carry out research, analysis, advocacy and education for informed citizen engagement with the institutions and policies that control production, distribution and access to food. Our work both informs and amplifies the voices of social movements fighting for food sovereignty: people’s right to healthy and culturally appropriate food produced through ecologically sound and sustainable methods, and their right to define their own food and agriculture systems—at home and abroad.
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The purpose of the Institute for Food and Development Policy - Food First - is to eliminate the injustices that cause hunger.