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December 1, 2010

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Review from Guidestar
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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Review from Guidestar
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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none

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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If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Help them grow the organization.

November 30, 2010

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Review from Guidestar
November 30, 2010

I have used Food First literature in many of my classes because the books, short papers, and other literature are always engagingly written, supported with solid research that is carefully cited, and providing positive suggestions about what readers can do to improve their world. I have lived for over 6 years in rural Asia and so know how well Food First books convey to the reader a sense of what life is like for struggling rural people. This work makes understandable to American students the desperate conditions that 1/6th of the world's people must endure. As the name suggests, making food available to people is the primary focus, a focus that involves looking deeply into the social and economic forces that create hunger. The careful examination of those forces, as they interact in a nested hierarchy of scales, from household, to village, to region, to state, to international economy provides a sophisticated, yet accessible way to understand our globalizing world. As I said above the goal of improving the welfare of the most powerless keeps their work centered on essentials.

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teaching

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maintain the focus of the founders

November 15, 2010

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Review from Guidestar
November 15, 2010

Wonderful organization. The breadth and depth of Food First's work is almost unmatched by any other non-profit in its field. As an intern, I was able to choose which path I would like to take in my contribution to the organization, a trait that very few NGOs can offer. My research work was challenging, but I always had assistance from staff members and fellow interns when I needed it. Much of what I researched is making its way into tangible written reports. The work is highly independent, and allowed for flexibility in my schedule. And not to be overlooked is the fabulous work environment, filled with positive, motivated people that truly care about what they are doing. Plus, a delicious lunchtime meal for everyone to share, everyday. What more could you ask for!

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The reports that will be released in the coming months, significantly featuring my research.

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Sometimes I wish I had concrete deadlines to help focus my work.

October 21, 2010

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Review from Guidestar
October 21, 2010

As a current intern at Food First, I have already had a wonderful experience in the short time that I have worked there. From the very first day, I knew that I would love it there, simply by the laid-back, welcoming atmosphere, and the collective sense of true passion on the parts of the staff and interns. My first project dealt with Food Policy Councils (analyzing case studies and tool kits) and the support that I received during my research was tremendous. The report itself, which had been constructed prior to my internship at Food First, was thorough, contained incredibly useful information and is written in a way so that all will easily be able to understand it. From what I have observed of the work that others do around me at Food First, it is aligned with mission statement, and truly beneficial.

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the programs they put on, and the events that they sponsor or help to facilitate.

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not do anything. It is great!

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