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October 23, 2014

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October 23, 2014

I am the Chairperson of Food Sovereignty Ghana. My attention and interest in the struggle against the threats posed by the pesticides and herbicides promoted by the agro-chemical industry under the guise of GMOs owe so much to the excellent work by Food First! I have been reading with keen interest in their works and publications, particularly on Africa. It is very rare to come by such useful insights anywhere else.

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Ali-Masmadi Jehu-Appiah,
Chairperson, FSG

Website: http://foodsovereigntyghana.org/
Twitter: https://twitter.com/FoodSovereignGH
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/FoodSovereigntyGhana
November 5, 2013

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November 5, 2013

I did my graduate thesis with Food First about 9 years ago! I got to work with amazing people like Peter Rosset and Raj Patel, who at the time I did not even imagine could be as influencial as they are today. I learned so much from them, their analysis skills and professionalism, but most importantly their commitment and dedication, which has served to inspire me since.
I went on to pursue food work in the field and then at the policy level in the EU. The experience at Food First undoubtedly laid teh foundation for this success

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How does this organization compare with others in the same sector?

Very Well

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

Life-changing

Will you recommend this organization to others?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2003

July 17, 2013

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July 17, 2013

As a U.S. Fulbright student I lived and did research in Brazil, the first couple of months in the Northeast in the state of Pernambuco and later in the interior of Sao Paulo state. I learned first hand the benefits of Agroecology in rural Brazil and have since dedicated much of my research on Brazil's rural development on this topic. The research and work done by Food First, or the Institute for food and Development Policy Inc., has proved indispensable for my research and this innovative and sustainable approach to agriculture. I hope to participate in one of Food First's Sovereignty tours, and am very much looking forward to taking a pre-Congress course, among different prominent speakers, Eric Holt Gomez during the Latin American Congress of Agroecology this year in Peru.

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I would offer internship experiences online, as well as paid internships for people with research experience and interest.

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How does this organization compare with others in the same sector?

Very Well

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

Life-changing

Will you recommend this organization to others?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

December 10, 2010

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December 10, 2010

I became acquainted with Food First after attending a course from Executive Director Dr. Holt-Gimenez. Reading Food First's publication "Food Rebellions" really put global food issues into perspective for me. Later, volunteering at Food First was a great experience. Their work approaches global and local issues in a thoughtful way that is fully informed by historical precedents.

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The organization is very supportive to staff, interns and volunteers. They create a learning environment where people get things done and move projects forward. Results cover both research and activism. This is not a plodding nonprofit; Food First is all about action!

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like to see them receive enough funding to create larger, more stable project teams.

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 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.

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