Grant Program. PRS was developed to support agricultural stakeholders who haven’t yet received substantial federal financial assistance to respond to the COVID-19 crisis.
RAFI-USA’s new blog series, Flaws in the Food System – 2020 Was Just an Alarm Bell, will lift up the stories of farmers, farmers markets, and other stakeholders who have received direct service support or grant funds from RAFI-USA over the years. Their stories illustrate how systemic and institutional inequities affect their lives and work.
In this blog we summarize the currently or soon-to-be available resources and programs for farmers and those engaged in local food marketplaces and agricultural communities. As Congress continues to work on major spending bills for climate change and infrastructure, there may be a once-in-a-generation opportunity to secure large amounts of funding to support resilient food and farming systems and to tackle the climate crisis.
Last Updated 4/23/2020: RAFI-USA staff continue our current work on issues affecting farmers and rural communities. As the impacts of the coronavirus continue to unfold, we are evaluating what other work may be needed to mitigate the health and economic impacts of the pandemic. This post will be updated as we have new information.