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Institute for Food and Development Policy, Inc. Organization Name provided in the GuideStar Exchange* as of 05/19/2014: Institute for Food and Development Policy, Inc.

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AKA  Food First
Oakland, CA
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Institute for Food and Development Policy, Inc. Organization Name provided in the GuideStar Exchange* as of 05/19/2014: Institute for Food and Development Policy, Inc.

Organization Name as listed in the IRS Business Master File as of 06/09/2014: INSTITUTE FOR FOOD AND DEVELOPMENT POLICY INC

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Also Known As: Food First
Physical Address: Oakland, CA 94618 1212
EIN: 13-2838167
Web URL: www.foodfirst.org 
Blog URL: www.foodfirst.org 
NTEE Category: K Agriculture, Food, Nutrition
K20 Agricultural Programs
Q International, Foreign Affairs, and National Security
Q70 International Human Rights
V Social Science Research Institutes
V30 Interdisciplinary Research
Year Founded: 1975 
Ruling Year: 1976 
How This Organization Is Funded: Individual donors - $624,594
Book Sales & public speaking - $45,924
Grants - $258,539


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Mission Statement

Food First is a “people’s think tank” dedicated to ending the injustices that cause hunger and helping communities to take back control of their food systems. We advance our mission through three interrelated work areas: research, education and action. These work areas are designed to promote informed citizen engagement with the institutions and policies that control our food and to integrate local, national and global efforts. Our work both informs and amplifies the voices of social movements fighting for food justice and food sovereignty. Research for Action The goal of Food First’s research work is to generate information and analysis for food sovereignty—locally and globally. We also carry out Participatory Action Research with community organizations to help them generate their own information and analyses. The combination of our applied and participatory research produces real-time information and insights. Our research brings the perspective of community-based struggles to broader development debates. The core of Food First’s long-time work, our research and analysis is disseminated through a variety of research publications—including backgrounders, policy briefs, development reports and books—which help popular audiences to understand the complex dynamics of our global food system. The ability to convey complex ideas in accessible language has been a hallmark of our publications since Food First was founded. We believe that collective knowledge sharing and production is vital to building effective movements for social change. Our researchers have also been widely published in peer-reviewed journals and other academic publications, which lends credibility to our work and helps us influence policy debates. 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. In addition, Executive Director Eric Holt-Giménez and Food First researchers teach courses and seminars, give talks, and participate in public discussions everywhere from university classrooms and international conferences to farms and community centers. Food First’s educational travel program Food Sovereignty Tours invites members of the general public to travel with our experts to explore the world’s food cultures and engage with the global movement for food sovereignty. With several destinations—including Cuba, Bolivia, Italy, Oaxaca, the Basque Country, Korea and the San Francisco Bay Area—and a growing scholarship program for students, farmers and activists, Food Sovereignty Tours has become Food First’s most important educational program. Projects for Transformation Food First is not just a “think tank.” We generate research and education for action. And 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. Locally, Food First incubated the Oakland Food Policy Council, an innovative council of farmers, restaurateurs, policymakers and engaged citizens working together to build an equitable and sustainable food system where we live, in Oakland, California.

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Fiscal Year Starting: July 1, 2012
Fiscal Year Ending: June 30, 2013

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Total Expenses $842,925

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Dr. Eric Holt-Gimenez

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See web site for his bio: http://foodfirst.org/team/eric-holt-gimenez/ Eric Holt-Giménez is editor of "Food Movements Unite! Strategies to Transform our Food Systems," and the author of the Food First Books, "Food Rebellions: Crisis and the Hunger for Justice" and "Campesino a Campesino: Voices from Latin America's Farmer" to Farmer Movement for Sustainable Agriculture which chronicles the development of this movement in Mexico and Central America over two and a half decades. Eric has worked with farmers, participated in their farmer-to-farmer trainings, and documented their participatory research aimed at perfecting techniques suited to local conditions.

Leadership Statement:

At Food First in 2011 Food First published the Food First book, "Food Movements Unite! Strategies to transform our food systems" to examine ways that the many grassroots movements for food justice that are springing up around the world can unite to transform our food systems. Globalization has not ended hunger even though there is 1 1/2 times the amount of food needed grown (enough to make us all fat). Poverty prevents close to a billion people from feeding themselves.   Our work at Food First documents that people around the planet continue to save local seeds, hold on to family farms, build local economies, establish fair and local markets, and stubbornly keep their civic organizations alive. At the same time, hundreds of thousands of activists worldwide are working tirelessly to ensure the transparency and accountability of our public and international institutions, struggling to roll back the monopoly power of the agrifoods corporations, and fighting for the "triple bottom line: of social, economic and environmental sustainability.  These efforts have not only put constant pressure on governments, international finance institutions and multinational corporations, they have also created important social and political infrastructure for the growing practice of food sovereignty--the democratic control over our food systems.

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Budget:
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Category:
International
Population Served:
Adults
Ethnic/Racial Minorities -- General
Young Adults (20-25 years) -- currently not in use

Program Description:

The goal of Food First’s research work is to generate information and analysis for food sovereignty—locally and globally. We also carry out Participatory Action Research with community organizations to help them generate their own information and analyses. The combination of our applied and participatory research produces real-time information and insights. Our research brings the perspective of community-based struggles to broader development debates. The core of Food First’s long-time work, our research and analysis is disseminated through a variety of research publications—including backgrounders, policy briefs, development reports and books—which help popular audiences to understand the complex dynamics of our global food system. The ability to convey complex ideas in accessible language has been a hallmark of our publications since Food First was founded. We believe that collective knowledge sharing and production is vital to building effective movements for social change. Our researchers have also been widely published in peer-reviewed journals and other academic publications, which lends credibility to our work and helps us influence policy debates.

Program Long-Term Success:

Books including World Hunger: Twelve Myths, BASTA: Land and the Zabatista Rebellion in Chiapas, Breakfast of Biodiversity: The Political Ecology of Rainforest Destruction have gone into multiple editions and multiple printings. Some of the Food First books have been published in 20 languages.

Program Short-Term Success:

In recent years we have developed the capability to translate all of our new books into Spanish and some into Portuguese by working with volunteer translators and finding nonprofit publishers among our NGO partners around the world.

Program Success Monitored by:

Number of books sold, number of editions of books, shelf life of a book, and translations. Recent books have had book tours in Spain and Italy as well as resulting in public speaking in Canada, Colombia and Mexico.

Program Success Examples:

The first myth of hunger presented in the Food First book, World Hunger, is "there is not enough food to go around". When we first challenged this myth of scarcity, most people believed there was a real shortage of food. Today it is widely understood that poverty-not a shortage of food-is the real cause of hunger.

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Category:
Philosophy & Ethics
Population Served:
Adults
Ethnic/Racial Minorities -- General
General Public/Unspecified

Program Description:

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. In addition, Executive Director Eric Holt-Giménez and Food First researchers teach courses and seminars, give talks, and participate in public discussions everywhere from university classrooms and international conferences to farms and community centers. Food First’s educational travel program Food Sovereignty Tours invites members of the general public to travel with our experts to explore the world’s food cultures and engage with the global movement for food sovereignty. With several destinations—including Cuba, Bolivia, Italy, Oaxaca, the Basque Country, Korea and the San Francisco Bay Area—and a growing scholarship program for students, farmers and activists, Food Sovereignty Tours has become Food First’s most important educational program.

Program Long-Term Success:

Since 1995 Food First has led tours to Cuba to allow North Americans to experience an agroecological transformation that makes Cuba a model of food sovereignty without outside inputs. We also brought some of those innovative scientists and farm leaders to the U.S. and sent several Cuban farm experts to Laos to share their farming techniques. We also made a film: The Greening of Cuba, and published three books about their transition from industrial farming to sustainable agriculture.

Program Short-Term Success:

Since 2009 we have taken 17 groups of North Americans to Bolivia, Oaxaca, South Korea, the Basque Country and Italy in addition to Cuba to share experiences in building food sovereignty in the face of free market international trade.

Program Success Monitored by:

Number of North Americans participating in Food First's Food Sovereignty Tours. Increasing understanding of the idea of food sovereignty. Number of academic papers now being published that focus on food sovereignty.

Program Success Examples:

The concept of Food Sovereignty was started by Via Campesina, an international coalition of small-scale farmers and fishers in 1996 as a reaction to the push to globalize food trade. Via Campesina has since continued to grow in numbers as nonprofit allies, including Food First, have promoted the right of people and nations to preserve their unique food and farming traditions. When Food First started promoting Food Sovereignty Tours, the idea was not widely understood outside of a narrow academic circle and among Via Campesina members. Now we find other organizations offering their own food sovereignty tours and the two recent academic conferences which we co-led resulted in close to 200 graduate student and faculty presenting papers on various aspects of food sovereignty. The Food First book, Food Sovereignty, has contributed to that rising interest in the value and contributions of small-scale farmers to "right livelihood" and their value in protecting and healing the environment.

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Population Served:
Ethnic/Racial Minorities -- General
Poor/Economically Disadvantaged, Indigent, General
Young Adults (20-25 years) -- currently not in use

Program Description:

Food First is not just a “think tank.” We generate research and education for action. And 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. Locally, Food First incubated the Oakland Food Policy Council, an innovative council of farmers, restaurateurs, policymakers and engaged citizens working together to build an equitable and sustainable food system where we live, in Oakland, California.

Program Long-Term Success:

In Oakland, Food First started the Oakland Food Policy Council, an organization that is now independent operating with a board of 17 Oakland citizens. In West Africa we have been working with the We Are the Solution Campaign since it started in 2009. We provide information to counter the dominant discourse in Africa which is to consolidate small farms into larger monocrop plantations. Our farmer-to-farmer pictoral field training manuals give these farmers the knowledge they need to improve their output without using expensive inputs that would bankrupt them. This shared knowledge is the result of over 20 years of work among small-scale farmers in Central America; all of it field tested and perfected by farmers. Our work in Mexico continues with efforts to set aside small tracts of land on each farm as habitat preserves; a trend that goes counter to agribusiness consolidation now going on throughout Mexico.

Program Short-Term Success:

We have raised money from both foundations and individuals to continue our farmer-to-farmer work in Central America and West Africa. Concerns about climate change point to the role of small farmers in preserving biological diversity as well as promoting the larger health of the earth, air and water we depend upon.

Program Success Monitored by:

Number of farmers participating in farmer-to-farmer training in West Africa, Central America and right here in the East Bay.

Program Success Examples:

Here in the East Bay 25 young men and women are learning how to be successful urban farmers by participating in the Urban Farmer Field School initiated by Food First. In Mexico, farmer-to-farmer promoters regularly offer educational exchange events on such diverse topics as seed saving, composting, and bug sanctuaries (to promote pollinators including bees and butterflies).
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Food First's impact is in opening people to a deeper understanding of why poverty and hunger continue in the face of abundant resources, to recognize that this is a violation of the basic human right to eat, and to make the link between poverty, hunger and environmental degradation.
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