Dr. M. Jahi Chappell is the Executive Director of SAAFON (the Southeastern African-American Farmers’ Organic Network). He has previously served as the Executive Director of the 45-year old thinktank, Food First/the Institute for Food & Development Policy; as an Associate Professor of Agroecology and Agricultural Policy at Coventry University’s Centre for Agroecology, Water and Resilience (CAWR); as Senior Staff Scientist at the Minneapolis-based Institute for Agriculture and Trade Policy; and as Assistant Professor of Environmental Science and Justice and Associate Director of the Center for Social and Environmental Justice at Washington State University Vancouver.
Dr. Chappell is the author of the award-winning book Beginning to End Hunger: Food and the Environment in Belo Horizonte, Brazil, and Beyond, and a co-author of the forthcoming book Agroecology Now! Transformations Towards More Just and Sustainable Food Systems. He has published over 50 scientific and popular articles and book chapters, and worked with communities, allies and movements in the United States and internationally, including the National Family Farm Coalition, Farm Aid, La Vía Campesina, the IPC, the Agroecology Fund, and the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations. His academic pieces have been published in journals ranging from Agroecology and Sustainable Food Systems to Conservation Letters and Nature Climate Change.
Chappell’s approach and interests fall under what has been called political agroecology. His academic qualifications include a Ph.D. in Ecology & Evolutionary Biology and a Bachelor’s of Science in Chemical Engineering from the University of Michigan, with subsequent postdoctoral work at Cornell University in the Department of Science & Technology Studies.
See more information about Jahi and SAAFON at SAAFON.org.