Food First

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Food First

Called one of the county's “most established food think tanks” by the New York Times, Food First is a “people's” think-and-do tank. Our mission is to end the injustices that cause hunger. We believe a world free of hunger will only be possible if farmers and communities take back control of the food systems presently dominated by transnational agri-foods industries through the formation and mobilization of social movements. We carry out research, analysis, advocacy and education to build informed citizen engagement and political will with the institutions and policies that control production, distribution, and access to food. Our work both informs and amplifies the voices of social movements, policymakers, and organizations fighting for "Food Sovereignty," which we define as 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.

Support From the Capirinha Foundation enables Food First to provide updated information and analysis regarding movement-based initiatives to end hunger in Africa. Our newsletter, “African Agroecological Alternatives to the Green Revolution” published in French and English provides hard-to-get information on programs and investments of governments, corporations and philanthropies like the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, the Alliance for a Green Revolution in Africa (AGRA), USAID, and Monsanto. The newsletter also amplifies the voices of the social movements fighting to advance their own, African alternatives to the corporate development of African agriculture. Through our Food Sovereignty Tours program, Food First brings food activists from around the world to meet with African farmers, agrarian leaders, and political thinkers to share information, perspectives, and experiences for the transformation of our food systems.


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