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December 3, 2010

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Review from Guidestar
December 3, 2010

I met Eric in Bamako and his pasion and comcern for food and the depth of knowledge on sound alternatives to the false promisses being brandished around by business was infectious. His ideas stimulated a nunmber of African CSOs to resolve to work even harder together to demonstrate that communities in Africa have the solutions to their food problems and if given the right policy support can implement their ownn genuine green revolution.

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Policy infleuncing for food sovereignty

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I would advocate that they extend their research into poptentials for interfacing "industrial" and "family" farmimng to enhance food sovereignty while meeting increasing food demands (quality and quantity).

December 2, 2010
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December 2, 2010
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I was a young mother, inspired by Frances Lappe's work, when I became aware of Food First. We had five children and very little money, and I wanted to feed our family as well as possible. Food First helped me realize that we were like all parents of humble means, all over the earth, who love their children. Food First affirmed my understanding of our one single human family, and the absolute importance of sharing what we have so that there can be enough for all, and no one's plate need be empty. I'm a grandmother now, and I haven't lost my admiration for the quiet, intelligent, disinterested, and noble goals Food First has faithfully pursued all these years, for the benefit of us all.

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my thinking and in that of family members.

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I don't have a suggestion here.

December 1, 2010
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December 1, 2010
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As a german woman working in the field of agriculture and rural development, I have been living and working in Chiapas, Mexico for nearly 9 years.

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In all this, sometimes we tend to forget what is happening in other parts of the world. Food First always reminds me of that, provides interesting and helpful information and, not least, of stories of success happening all over the world. Thanks!!!

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Provide more information in spanish.

December 1, 2010

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December 1, 2010

As a graduate student of agricultural policy, I've found Food First to be an invaluable resource for atypical, emerging ideas and arguments, regarding global food and development issues, that are well-grounded in reliable research and empirical evidence. Food First scholars and writers are not afraid to reveal root injustices and assign blame, but they also take care to check their facts and offer practical solutions.

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I often read Food First's reports and bulletins and use many of their papers and resources for my own scholarly research and analysis.

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I would recommend toning down a bit of the drama in some bulletins and press releases. While passion is important, and I personally tend to agree with Food First's positions, highly sensationalized pieces give the impression Food First is not conducting objective, thorough research. More people may read and pay attention to Food First's work if it's presented and communicated in a more balanced and level-headed sort of way.

December 1, 2010

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Review from Guidestar
December 1, 2010

A reliable source of a counter-position to the official development paradigms which are mostly anti-poor, even if they are well-meaning. Food First represents an important view of the situation and is grossly underrated, especially when you compare its funding/income to other organizations.

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Reading their Newsletter.

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I know too little about them to answer this.

December 1, 2010

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December 1, 2010

Food First's work is invaluable to developing an understanding of the key issues regarding food policy and development globally. Their vision is impeccable and their analyses cut straight to the heart of the problems at hand, often providing alternative solutions to those propounded by the eurocentric mainstream.

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my research and reading the work of others.

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probably not change that much!

December 1, 2010

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December 1, 2010

Food First's knowledge-based activism stands as an example for many. It grounds its work in vital principles of equity and democracy. It doesn't dodge complexity, but puts across its messages in straightforward terms and through concrete cases. It continually refreshes and renews its knowledge through a wide and well-anchored network. Its overall approach keeps the focus where it should be, on skewed political and economic power, on why it needs to be tackled and on what can be done to tackle it.

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comparing it with others.

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December 1, 2010

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Review from Guidestar
December 1, 2010

Food First is a great non-profit to get the hands-on experience working in the food writing world; you are not only continually researching and writing, but expanding your understanding of food justice and food systems locally, nationally, and globally. Everyone who works within Food First is caring and passionate about what they do, with a willingness to help you and have you contribute to the food justice cause.

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My internship with them and in my understanding of food systems and food justice within the rest of my college and professional career, I learned so much.

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Provide more structure for internships; many interns want to help but are unsure which direction to choose once they are inside. For those with non-profit experience it is great, but for those new to this world, it can be overwhelming at first.

November 30, 2010

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Review from Guidestar
November 30, 2010

There are very few organizations that address fundamental problems. Most fix symptoms, like an aspirin fixes a headache. Food First approaches the basic problems that cause human hardship and social unrest. And they point out that even well intentioned programs can cause harm when they are implemented without an understanding of the basic problems.

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I've followed the predictions of Food First and watched how some of the unpleasant things have come true. I've also observed how their work has promoted small enterprises such as Fair Trade coffee, etc., and helped stabilize communities.

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November 30, 2010

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Review from Guidestar
November 30, 2010

Food first provides unique and thoughtful insight into food systems and economies. Their research and analysis is invaluable and gives a critical counterpoint to the business slanted mainstream media.

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reading their reports and analysis and using it to inform my work.

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Help them grow the organization.

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