IFAI Celebrates 10 Years of Service to Indian Country
Number of Farms with AI/AN Operators in 2012
Number of Farms with AI/AN Operators in 2017
American Indian and Alaska Native (AI/AN) farms make up 3% of all farms in the United States. The market value of agricultural products sold by AI/AN producers reached $3.5 Billion in 2017.
Our mission is to enhance the health and wellness of tribal communities by advancing healthy food systems, diversified economic development, and cultural food traditions.
What We Do
The Indigenous Food and Agriculture Initiative (IFAI) focuses on putting tribal sovereignty in food sovereignty, promoting tribally driven solutions to revitalize and advance traditional food systems and diversified economic development throughout Indian Country. IFAI provides Tribal governments, producers, and food businesses with educational resources, policy research, and strategic legal analysis as a foundation for building robust food economies.
Policy & Research
Native Farm Bill Coalition
Food and Nutrition Research
General Agriculture Research
Cultivating Tribal Food Sovereignty
Model Food and Ag Code
Native Youth Programs
Policy Leadership Program
Food Safety Training for Indian Country
Free Training In-Person or Online
Food Safety Needs Assessment
Grants and funding opportunities are key tools for many Tribes and Tribal producers. However, navigating the list of programs available can be challenging. To help, IFAI staff stay on top of the latest grants and opportunities. Check out the latest list by clicking the button below.
Native American Agriculture Fund Location: Fayetteville, AR Closing Date: October 25, 2023 Duties Include: Assists in monitoring all NAAF grant projects post-award...
Oregon State University Location: Various Locations (3 Positions) Closing Date: October 9, 2023 (Full Consideration); October 16, 2023 (Closing Date) Duties Include:...
DOI: Office of the Secretary of Interior Location: Washington, DC Closing Date: October 9, 2023 Duties Include: Provides critical support to the senior leadership of...
DOI: Bureau of Trust Funds Administration Location: Remote Closing Date: October 6, 2023 Duties Include: Serves in a senior role with broad responsibilities that...
DOI: Office of Surface Mining Reclamation and Enforcement Location: Green Tree, PA Closing Date: October 11, 2023 Duties Include: Serves as a Grants Management...
The Food and Nutrition Services (FNS) is proposing changes to Commodity Supplemental Food Program (CSFP) and the Food Distribution Program (FDPIR) on Indian Reservation regulations. USDA’s goal for these changes is to increase program access and parity. The legal and...
Tribal Business News recently featured the Indigenous Food and Agriculture Initiative's Director of Policy, Research, and Tribal Governance, Kristiana Coutu, about Indian Country food and agriculture as well as how new, proposed changes from the USDA could affect...
The Food and Nutrition Services (FNS) is proposing changes to Commodity Supplemental Food Program (CSFP) and the Food Distribution Program (FDPIR) on Indian Reservation regulations. USDA’s goal for these changes is to increase program access and parity. The Indigenous...
We are supporting tribes, that’s what we are, we’re a service organization. So every time someone supports our work, they are supporting Indian Country and Tribal Sovereignty.
Our work depends on the generous support we receive from the partners listed below.