Dr. M. Jahi Chappell is the Executive Director of the Institute for Food & Development Policy, more commonly called Food First. Until 2019, he was Associate Professor of Agroecology and Agricultural Policy at Coventry University’s Centre for Agroecology, Water and Resilience (CAWR). He has previously worked as Senior Staff Scientist at the Minneapolis-based Institute for Agriculture and Trade Policy, and before that, was 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 has published over 40 scientific and popular articles and book chapters, and worked with communities, allies and movements in the United States and internationally, including 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 Food First at www.foodfirst.org.