Dr. Eric Holt-Gimenez of Food First visited the Rio Grande Valley on September 15 & 16, 2016 at the invitation of University of Texas RGV to speak to the community about understanding the global food systems and the importance of building our local food movement.  On September 15th, Dr. Holt-Gimenez addressed the community with a talk titled “Agroecology and Food Systems Transformation” at Quinta Mazatlan.  

On the following day, Anwar Garza and Lois Kim of PPC Farms accompanied Dr. Eric Holt-Gimenez and his group on a local farm tour led by Dr. Alexis Racelis, Agroecology Program Director at the Department of Biology in the College of Science at UTRGV.  It was a day of meaningful discourse and learning.  

Food First, also known as the Institute for Food and Development Policy, is a nonprofit organization based in Oakland, California, USA.  According to the Food First website, its main goal is to forge food sovereignty for human rights and sustainable livelihoods, and to do so it has three programs of development: building local agri-foods systems, farmers forming food sovereignty, and democratizing development.