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The institute for Food and Development Policy is a not-for-profit research and educational center which investigates the root causes of hunger and supports the efforts of people around the world who are struggling to create food and farming systems that meet the needs of the majority. Founded in 1975 by Frances Moore LappÃ©, author of Diet for a Small Planet, and Joseph Collins, coauthor with LappÃ© of Food First: Beyond the Myth of Scarcity, the Institute has been hailed as "one of the most established 'food think tanks' in the country" by the New York Times.
Internationally reknowned for its groundbreaking research and Food First publications, the Institute looks critically at government and corporate policies asking, "What can we do to create social, economic and political structures that will ensure food security for all?" The Institute has also been credited with playing a key role in shifting the global debate on hunger from a discussion of charity and technological solutions to a recognition that poverty and powerlessness are the root causes of hunger.
In 55 countries and 20 languages Food First studies and publications are helping lay the groundwork for more democratically controlled food and farming systems. Universities and colleges throughout the United States have adopted the Institute's books for courses in development, history, political science, sociology, and geography as well as nutrition and philosophy. Hundreds of labor, church, consumer and activist organizations have found our Action Alerts useful in educating North Americans about hunger in Central America.