11 Facts About Raj Patel


Rajeev "Raj" Patel was born on 1972 and is a British Indian academic, journalist, activist and writer who has lived and worked in Zimbabwe, South Africa, and the United States for extended periods.


Raj Patel has since become an outspoken public critic of all of these organisations, and reports having been tear-gassed on four continents protesting against his former employers.


Raj Patel is possibly best known for his 2008 book, Stuffed and Starved: The Hidden Battle for the World Food System.


Raj Patel has been a visiting scholar at Yale University, the University of California, Berkeley, and the University of Texas at Austin.


Raj Patel is listed as a Research Professor at the LBJ School of Public Affairs of the University of Texas at Austin.


Raj Patel was one of many organizers in the 1999 protests in Seattle, Washington, and has organised in support of food sovereignty.


Raj Patel was refused a visa extension by the Mugabe regime for his political involvement with the pro-democracy movement.


Raj Patel is associated through his work on food with the Via Campesina movement, and through his work on urban poverty and resistance with Abahlali baseMjondolo and the now defunct Landless Peoples Movement in South Africa.


Raj Patel has written a number of criticisms of various aspects of the policies and research methods of the World Bank and was a co-editor, with Christopher Brooke, of the online leftist webzine The Voice of the Turtle.


Raj Patel appears in the documentary film A Place at the Table which opened in the US on 1 March 2013.


In January 2010 some adherents of Share International, following an announcement by Benjamin Creme, concluded that Raj Patel could be the Maitreya.