Investing in Indian Country: Funding Needs in Native Agriculture
Across the U.S., Native ranchers, farmers, and fishers face a unique set of challenges. Among others, these issues include distinct land ownership situations, as well as lower access to capital and credit. First providing a brief survey of these complications, this report analyzes the Native American Agriculture Fund’s 2020 grantmaking portfolio to identify specific leverage areas, where other funders’ investments could have outsized impacts.
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A longtime Midwesterner, Sara Maillacheruvu graduated with honors from the University of Chicago in 2018 and returned to her hometown of Peoria, Illinois, where she spent two years working in community development as an urban planner. While there, she researched affordable housing trends and created policy proposals, relevant and applicable to the local context, for the Council’s consideration. She also led the City's efforts in addressing food equity and disparity in disinvested neighborhoods. Partnering with community members to elevate neighborhood voice, she went after grants and organized fresh food markets with wraparound services to address food access and the social determinants of health with an equity lens.
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