Climate and Equity Policy Project

Climate and Equity Policy Project

RAFI-USA’s Climate and Equity Policy Project puts farmers of color at the center of policy conversations by providing funding and support to groups predominantly led by or serving farmers of color in order to engage in climate-related policy advocacy for the upcoming 2023 Farm Bill.

The climate crisis becomes more critical by the day. Farmers are deeply impacted by extreme weather, bearing the brunt of droughts, floods, fires, and hurricanes on their land and livelihoods.

Climate change issues are also equity issues: the impacts of climate change are not shared equally among people. The history of agriculture in our country is a history of racism, wherein BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, and people of color) farmers have seen federal resources flow disproportionately to building the farms and capital of white farmers. While farmers of color often have effective solutions, they do not have the same access to resources to mitigate and adapt to climate change.

The 2023 Farm Bill is a crucial opportunity to address climate change in agriculture. For the next five to 10 years, the 2023 Farm Bill will shape financial support for farmers, access to land, funding and disaster relief programs, and our national response to the climate crisis in agriculture. The stakes are high: climate policy must address both mitigation and climate impacts in a meaningful way. It must also promote equity, recognizing past harms and seeking to provide additional support to those who have been underserved and discriminated against in the past. For equitable, effective climate policy, farmers of color must be at the center of the Farm Bill conversation.

However, funding inequity also extends its roots into the landscape of nonprofits and policy advocacy: predominantly white nonprofits have had an easier time finding funding for their work, including policy work, than BIPOC-led and -serving groups. Thus, the Climate and Equity Policy Project was born.

How to Apply for Funding

This document provides instructions and information for groups wishing to apply for funding. Click here.

The RAFI-USA Climate and Equity Policy Project will:

  1. Provide funding to BIPOC farmer-led and -serving groups to pursue climate-centered Farm Bill advocacy. RAFI-USA will convene an advisory group to make funding decisions for this pool of funds, administered by the Regenerative Agriculture Foundation. Ideal recipients for this funding are small grassroots organizations working directly with (and ideally led by) BIPOC farmers. This funding would allow these groups to either engage in policy work for the first time or to grow their existing policy advocacy capacity in new or expanded ways. We anticipate application materials will be released in the fall of 2022 and funds will be disbursed by the end of the year. Apply for Funding.
  2. Provide support through trainings, Capitol Hill connections, one-on-one consultations, and spaces for collaboration for grantee organizations and others, if or where those needs are not already met by existing groups or coalitions. Trainings will include topics such as Farm Bill Basics, Advocacy 101, and Media Training/ Spokesperson skills. 

Contact Us

If you want to contribute your voice to this effort please contact Climate and Equity Policy Manager Humon Heidarian at [email protected] or call him at 984.282.6004. We need to hear your story.