Our Mission

The Initiative enhances health and wellness in tribal communities by advancing healthy food systems, diversified economic development and cultural food traditions in Indian Country. We empower tribal governments, farmers, ranchers and food businesses by providing strategic planning and technical assistance; by creating new academic and professional executive education programs in food systems and agriculture; and by increasing student enrollment in land grant universities in food and agricultural related disciplines.

 

Who we are

The Indigenous Food and Agriculture Initiative encompasses multi-disciplinary research, service, and education opportunities.

The Initiative is the first of its kind nationally, with the following goals and objectives:

  1. To increase student enrollment in the land grant universities in food and agricultural related disciplines by supporting existing students and creating early pipeline programs for youth;

  2. To create new academic and executive education programs in food and agriculture, including law, policy, and tribal governance;

  3. To directly support Indian country by providing strategic planning and technical assistance, including research and publications in the following subject areas:

  • Tribal Governance Infrastructure to Enhance Business and Economic Development Opportunities

  • Financial Markets and Asset Management, including Banking, Risk Management, and Stewardship of Land and Natural Resources

  • Health and Nutrition Policy for Tribal Community Wellness

  • Intellectual Property Rights and Protection of Traditional Knowledge