Advocate for Food Sovereignty
San Francisco, California

Raj Patel is an award-winning writer, academic and activist. He has degrees from Oxford University, the London School of Economics and Cornell University, has been a visiting scholar at Yale, and is now both a Visiting Scholar at UC Berkeley's Center for African Studies, and an Honorary Research Fellow at the University of KwaZulu-Natal, in Durban, South Africa. He is the author of the internationally acclaimed Stuffed and Starved: The Hidden Battle for the World Food System, and the New York Times and international bestseller, The Value of Nothing. He has also co-authored Food Rebellions with Eric Holt-Gimenez and Annie Shattuck, and co-edited Promised Land, with Peter Rosset and Michael Courville. His work on sustainability, food, and economics has been translated into over a dozen languages. He has also published widely in the academic press, with articles in peer-reviewed philosophy, politics, sociology and economics journals. He works in support of a range of social movements, including the international peasant movement La Via Campesina, and the Abahlali baseMjondolo Shackdweller Movement South Africa. As a Fellow at the Institute for Food and Development Policy, he has testified in front of US Congress on the origins of the 2008 food crisis, and continues to advise the United Nations Special Rapporteur on the Right to Food. He has lectured on subjects ranging from agriculture, climate change, and social movements to slums and fast food to governments, universities, unions, progressive groups and the media in the US, Canada, the UK, Spain, Italy, Australia, New Zealand, India, Thailand, South Africa, and Zimbabwe. He has appeared on CNN, Al Jazeera, BBC, NPR, PBS, DemocracyNow!, and has written for the Guardian, Mail on Sunday, Observer, The Nation, Atlantic Monthly Food Channel,, San Francisco Chronicle and Los Angeles Times, among others.  His website is at