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Eric Holt-Gimenez  

Agroecologist & Political Economist

Eric Holt-Giménez is the Executive Director of Food First/Institute for Food and Development Policy, a "peoples' think-and-do tank" dedicated to eliminating the injustices that cause hunger and environmental degradation. Previously, he worked as Latin American Program Manager at the Bank Information Center in Washington, DC, where he monitored the projects and policies of the World Bank and the Inter-American Development Bank.

He has held positions as a lecturer in International Development and Agroecology at the University of California and Boston University's Global Ecology program. Throughout the 1970s, '80s, and '90s, Dr. Holt-Giménez lived and worked in Latin America where he helped organize and train farm leaders in agroecology and was a consultant to non-governmental organizations, government ministries, and foreign aid agencies. In his path-breaking participatory research, "Measuring Farmer's Agroecological Resistance to Hurricane Mitch," 2,000 farmers documented the superior sustainability of agroecologically-managed farms to conventional farms in Central America. His first book, Campesino a Campesino, chronicles nearly 30 years' work with Latin America's Farmer to Farmer Movement for sustainable agriculture. In his recent book Food Rebellions! Crisis and the Hunger for Justice, co-authored with Raj Patel and Annie Shattuck, Dr. Holt-Giménez proposes equitable, sustainable solutions to the root causes of the global food crisis. He holds a Master's of Science in International Agricultural Development and a Ph.D. in Environmental Studies.

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Food Rebellions: Crisis and the Hunger for Justice

Food Security, Food Justice, Food Sovereignty: Food Movements Unite!

Beyond the World Food Crisis: Ending the Injustices That Cause Hunger

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