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Institute for Food and Development Policy, Inc.

AKA Food First

Oakland, CA

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Institute for Food and Development Policy, Inc.

Also Known As:
Food First
Physical Address:
Oakland, CA 94618 1212
EIN:
13-2838167
Web URL:
www.foodfirst.org
Blog URL:
www.foodfirst.org
Leadership:
Dr. Eric Holt-Gimenez
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Fiscal Year Starting: July 1, 2011
Fiscal Year Ending: June 30, 2012
Revenue
Total Revenue $761,255
Expenses
Total Expenses $645,234

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Basic Organization Information

Institute for Food and Development Policy, Inc.

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 - $524,668
Book Sales & public speaking - $28,150
Grants - $193,908

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Mission Statement

The purpose of the Institute for Food and Development Policy - Food First is to eliminate the injustices that cause hunger. The Food First analysis of causes and solutions shapes how people understand hunger, poverty, and ecological degradation and what can be done to address these issue from the grassroots. We partner with movements working on solutions that will change these inequities, with the goal of obtaining food sovereignty.

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Dr. Eric Holt-Gimenez

Term:

Since July 2006

Profile:

See web site for his vita. www.http://www.foodfirst.org/ericvita/ Eric  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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Program: Building Local Agrifood Systems/Oakland Food Policy Council

Budget:
$165,000
Category:
Food, Agriculture & Nutrition
Population Served:
General Public/Unspecified
Poor/Economically Disadvantaged, Indigent, General

Program Description:

In the U.S., the livelihood struggles of low-income, African-American, Native-American, Latino-American, Asian-American and immigrant communities are at the center of our programs for food justice and agricultural sustainability. 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. The main challenge to obtaining healthy affordable food in low-income communities is overcoming the “industrial agri-foods divide” that separates sustainable producers from low-income consumers.    The Oakland Food Policy Council received its first start up money from the City of Oakland and hired its first coordinator in 2008. In May 2009 the process of selecting members to serve on the Oakland Food Policy Council began.  To learn more about the Oakland Food Policy Council, which is being incubated at Food First, go to www.oaklandfood.org. In late 2011 Food First participated in the formation of a Bay Area Occupy the Food System coalition which will be holding events throughout the Bay Area in the coming year.  Throughout 2012 Food First sponsored numerous East Bay events in cooperation with the Community Food Justice Coalition. In last 2012 a major East Bay event resulted in the formation of various committees with the goal of allowing the many small food and farming nonprofits to collaborate more closely. In 2012 Food First and Dig Deep Farms started the Urban Farmer Field School in the East Bay.

Program Long-Term Success:

The goal of this work is to build and equitable and sustainable food system for all people in the city of Oakland, California.

Program Short-Term Success:

Selection of the initial Food Policy Council. Identifying the goals, objectives, and scope of the work for the first three years of the Oakland Food Policy Council. Building a system of long-term financial support for the Oakland Food Policy Council.

Program Success Monitored by:

Functioning Food Policy Council which sets priorities.

Program Success Examples:

Improved access to quality local food for people living in the low-income neighborhoods of Oakland.

Program: Farmers Forging Food Sovereignty

Budget:
$75,000
Category:
Food, Agriculture & Nutrition
Population Served:
Poor/Economically Disadvantaged, Indigent, General

Program Description:

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 document and share their alternatives among broad sectors of the rural and urban population to create political will and advance peasant-led food system alternatives. Our active projects in this program area include: The Campesino a Campesino GMO Education Project in Mexico and Central America, and our coalition work with Vía Campesina.In 2012 Food First convened a group of academic activists to collaborate on publishing information on land grabs in the Americas and how communities are fighting for food sovereignty. The first book in a series of publications was released in February 2013, "Grabbing Power: The new struggles for land, food and democracy in Northern Honduras" written by Food First's Tanya Kerssen.

Program Long-Term Success:

Local sustainable healthy production of food for local consumption. Farmers earning a fair return for their labor which allows them to sustain themselves and their families.

Program Short-Term Success:

A growing and strengthening of the Via Campesina coalition of two million small farmers. An increase in the number of agroecological, small-scale farms growing for local markets. A continued expansion of the farmer to farmer grassroots training in sustainable farming methods.

Program Success Monitored by:

A drop in the number of small farmer suicides. An increase in the number of small farmers. A decrease in the amounts of pesticides and chemical fertilizers. A decrease in CO2 levels and control of rate of increase in temperatures.

Program Success Examples:

Growing opposition to genetically engineered seeds throughout the global south and in Europe. Increased understanding of the linkages between our human behaviors and it impact on degrading our environment and our health.  For example, growing consciousness about where and how our food is grown and growth of the organic and sustainable and local food movements. Improved income and quality of life for the worlds' poor majority: farmers upon whom we all depend for our health and our very survival.

Program: Democratizing Development: Land, Resources and Markets

Budget:
$50,000
Category:
Food, Agriculture & Nutrition
Population Served:
General Public/Unspecified
Poor/Economically Disadvantaged, Indigent, General

Program Description:

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. This program area focuses on the structural causes of hunger and poverty, and bridges the gap between transnational advocacy and local control over food system resources. Like other program areas it links critiques of the corporate-dominated food systems with farmer and consumer-led alternatives that ensure justice, equity and ecological sustainability. Our projects include the campaign for African Alternatives to the Gates-Rockefeller Alliance for a Green Revolution in cooperation with the "We Are the Solution," campaign initiated by farmer and women's organizations in Western Africa and No full tanks with Empty Bellies: The Food and Fuel Sovereignty Campaign, and El Camino del Migrante: Immigrants and the Struggle for Food Sovereignty.

Program Long-Term Success:

Expansion of agroecological farming, particularly in Africa to counter the foundation/corporate push to bring a new green revolution to Africa.  The green revolution will not benefit the majority of Africa's poor people.   Expose the insanity of big ag biofuels and roll back the biofuels standards in the U.S. and Europe which are already pushing many small farmers off their land in Latin America and Southeast Asia.   See the adoption of fair trade rules and worker protections in the Americas to put an end to exploitation of farm workers in the U.S. and those forced to abandon their farms in Mexico and Central America due to unfair trade agreements.

Program Short-Term Success:

Expose the failure of green revolution technologies to feed the world through a concerted media campaign and speaking tour in the U.S.   Publish the books "Food Rebellions: Crisis and the Hunger for Justice," "Beyond the Fence: A Journey to the Roots of the Migration Crisis," and "Agrofuels in the Americas"--all aimed at exposing the folly of current U.S. government and international institution policies that are deepening the divide between the super rich and the poor. In 2012 Food First published "Unfinished Puzzle- Cuban Agriculture: The Challenges, Lessons and Opportunities."

Program Success Monitored by:

Numbers of books sold, speeches given, audiences reached by radio, print and the internet outlets.   Changes in behavior of consumers including the rejection of GMO food, an increase in the consumption of local and sustainably grown food.   A decrease in migration from Mexico and Central America due to "real" policy changes that allow people to stay in their communities.   Increased understanding that technology alone cannot save the world from climate change nor can it end hunger.

Program Success Examples:

People write, call and e-mail us almost daily lauding us for making sense out of what often appears to make no sense--for revealing the underlying corporate greed, but also for shining a light on projects and communities where people are taking charge of their own destiny to build local food systems that are healthier and more fair.  These love letters from people who value Food First's work sustain us, spur us on, and lead to the individual donor support essential to continue this work of exposing injustices in our globalized food system.

Impact Summary from the Nonprofit

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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