Native American Foods & Health
First Nations Development Institute recognizes that accessing healthy food is a challenge for many Native American children and families. Without access to healthy food, a nutritious diet and good health are out of reach. To increase access to healthy food, we support tribes and Native communities as they build sustainable food systems that improve health, strengthen food security and increase the control over Native agriculture and food systems. First Nations provides this assistance in the form of financial and technical support, including training materials, to projects that address agriculture and food sectors in Native communities.
First Nations also undertakes research projects that build the knowledge and understanding of Native agriculture and food systems issues, and inform Native communities about innovative ideas and best practices. We also participate in policy forums that help develop legislative and regulatory initiatives within this sector. First Nations supports a regional and national network of Native food sector and related organizations.
Native Agriculture and Food Systems Initiative
In 2012, First Nations awarded 31 grants totaling $905,000 to 29 Native organizations dedicated to increasing food access and improving the health and nutrition of Native children and families. The Native Agriculture and Food Systems Initiative (NAFSI) grant is intended to help tribes and Native communities build sustainable food systems such as community gardens, food banks, food pantries and/or other agricultural projects related to Native food-systems control. These 31 grants were made possible by the generous support of the AARP Foundation, The Christensen Fund, CHS Foundation, U.S. Department of Agriculture Office of Advocacy and Outreach, U.S. Department of Agriculture Rural Development, Walmart Foundation, and the W.K. Kellogg Foundation.
Cooperative Education Training on the Navajo Nation
In 2012, the CHS Foundation awarded a $35,000 Cooperative Education grant to increase opportunities for farmers and ranchers on the Navajo Nation. The Navajo Nation is the largest reservation in the U.S. This grant will allow First Nations to educate farmers and ranchers on potential opportunities through cooperatives and assess potential models that could be used to assist farmers and ranchers develop farm production cooperatives and marketing and supply cooperatives. These cooperatives are intended to help farmers and ranchers increase their access to agricultural resources marketing and supplies, and also help expose them to the latest technology.
About CHS Foundation
The CHS Foundation is the major giving entity of CHS Inc., the nation's leading farmer-owned cooperative. As a part of the CHS stewardship focus, the CHS Foundation is committed to investing in the future of rural America, agriculture and cooperative business through education and leadership development. For more information visit: http://www.chsfoundation.org.
Native American Food Sovereignty Alliance
First Nations Development Institute, in partnership with the Taos County Economic Development Corporation, is pleased to announce the formation of the Native American Food Sovereignty Alliance (NAFSA). The formation of the Native American Food Sovereignty Alliance took shape as a call from Native nations and grassroots organizations who expressed for the development of an organized and sustained food movement in Indian Country. The Alliance will be a vehicle to facilitate change in areas of tribal, regional and national policy on issues affecting Native food production and diet and be a support network for grassroots Native efforts as they work to revive tradition and community based food systems.
Webinar 1: Introduction to the Native American Food Sovereignty Alliance
Date: January 31, 2013
Webinar 2: Meet the NAFSA Founding Council Webinar
Date: September 18, 2013, 2:00 - 3:00 pm (MDT)
The NAFSA project is a collaborative between First Nations and TCEDC to support the development of a sustainable, nonprofit, Native-controlled and nationally-active Native American Food Sovereignty Alliance that will operate independently to address Native food security, hunger and nutrition in Native American communities at the national, tribal and local levels. The purpose of the Alliance will be to build a national Native movement and voice on Native food security and food system control.
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