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.

Woman farming in Gao region

Woman farming in Gao region
Photo courtesy of Oxfam (view small | med | large | orig)

Malian Women preparing a garden for planting

Malian Women preparing a garden for planting
These 30 community gardens will each feed as many 100 people with fresh vegetables and rice. (view small | med | large | orig)

Women at the Niger River pumping irrigation water

Women at the Niger River pumping irrigation water
This pump by Kickstart requires manual labor to pump water to the gardens. If the distance from the river to the plot is short, this is feasible, but some plots are too far for hand pumping. (view small | med | large | orig)

Rice farming in Northern Mali

Rice farming in Northern Mali
Vegetables, melons and Rice are the staple diet of this region supplamented with goat. Water can be pumped from the nearby Niger River. (view small | med | large | orig)
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