Food First/Institute for Food and Development Policy

The purpose of the Institute for Food and Development Policy - Food First - is to eliminate the injustices that cause hunger. 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 are committed to dismantling racism in the food system and believe in 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.

Food First/Institute for Food and Development Policy
398 60th St
398 60th St
Oakland, CA 94618
United States
510-654-4400
http://www.foodfirst.org

Executive Director

Eric Holt-Gimenez

Management Team

Marilyn Borchardt, Tanya Kerssen

Board of Directors

Joyce King, Demalda Newsome,Malia Everette,Bobby L Wilson,Nikki Henderson,Shyaam Shabaka,Hank Herrera

Project Leaders

Eric Holt-Gimenez

Mission

The purpose of the Institute for Food and Development Policy - Food First - is to eliminate the injustices that cause hunger. 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 are committed to dismantling racism in the food system and believe in 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.

Programs

--Building Local Agri-Food Systems: Low-income people of color are mobilizing locally, forming national coalitions, drafting legislation, and reaching out internationally in their efforts to build healthy, equitable, food systems that contribute to the social and economic development of their communities. Food First's "added value" in this effort resides in our ability to produce information, analysis and learning materials that help people improve and control their own food systems. Our research informs and documents these experiences, contributing directly to the national and global debates on food and development. --Democratizing Development: Land, Resources and Markets: Social movements in the Global South are fighting for indigenous and peasant rights, land reform, sustainable agriculture, clean water, fair prices for agricultural goods, and freedom from foreign "dumping" and GMO contamination. Increasingly, they are resisting the onslaught of industrial agrofuels plantations (biofuels). Our projects include: a campaign with women's farmer organizations and three major African farmer federations for African alternatives to the Green Revolution called Nous Sommes la Solution! (We are the Solution!); a Food Sovereignty Tours program (http://www.foodsovereigntytours.org/) that brings activists from the industrial North and the Global South together to share information, hope and dialogue; collaboration with Via Campesina and national organizations in campaigns against land grabs and the spread of GMOs and agrofuels and in favor of land reform, farmer's rights to seed and Food Sovereignty. --Forging Food Sovereignty with Farmers: Dismantling the industrial agri-foods complex at the local food system level must be accompanied by the construction of alternatives that suit the needs of small-scale producers and low-income consumers, worldwide. Farmers Forging Food Sovereignty focuses on farmer alternatives to corporate control over production and consumption. The strategy is to help farmer movements for food sovereignty and sustainable agriculture to document and share their alternatives among broad sectors of the rural and urban population in order to advance peasant-led food system alternatives. Our active projects in this program area include The Campesino a Campesino Sustainable Marketing Project and the Farmer's Pollinator Project in Mexico and Central America and this seeds and pumps for Goa, Mali project.

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Financial Statistics

  • Annual Budget for 2012: $982,800
  • Maximum Annual Budget: $1,200,000
  • Other funding sources: Individual donors, religious organizations, income generating projects (Food First Books and Food Sovereignty Tours).
  • Religious Affiliation: None
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