The Food and Agriculture Working Group

The Food and Agriculture Working Group (FAWG) is a CISS collaboration between Princeton faculty and senior policy practitioners in agriculture and international security. The FAWG investigates risks to the global food system in a changing international security context, with the aim of providing long-term policy planning for U.S. policymakers and international institutions.

Zach Helder is the Director of the Food and Agriculture Working Group (FAWG). An MPA candidate studying international relations at the School of Public and International Relations, Zach’s work centers on U.S. agriculture policy, focusing on the relationship between farm production and conservation, national security, and global food security. Prior to Princeton, he served as an advisor to political candidates, labor leaders, and elected officials in Kansas and on Capitol Hill. Hailing from Kansas, with proud rural roots in Nebraska and California farm country, Zach has worked to bridge the urban-rural political divide through better food and economic policy. He graduated from UCLA in 2016 with a B.A. in history.