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Heifer International U.S. Program activities focus on integrated efforts that close the gap between healthy, nutritious food and the communities it can most benefit. Our project work, including education and advocacy efforts, supports building and strengthening sustainable community food systems—aligning with our belief that healthy food should be accessible to everyone.
The Work of Heifer International U.S. Program
Heifer International U.S. Program partners with community-based and regional organizations to support rural and urban farmers—strengthening their numbers and their capacity, and increasing their sustainable production. Additionally, working with individuals, families, communities and partner organizations, Heifer International U.S. Program will support systemic change to increase community economic development and improve the health, nutrition and well-being of our children.
In defining the program's work, Heifer has explored food economies in Arkansas and Appalachia, two areas of high genuine need in the United States. Within this frame there is enormous potential within the food system to address issues of food insecurity and to build sustainable livelihoods.
Heifer will provide support to communities in developing and implementing locally-appropriate strategies that:
The Seeds of Change Initiative, for example, builds on the emerging local foods movement to foster economic development and improve access to nutritious, locally-produced food among food insecure populations. The initiative will work with broad-based coalitions to design and implement sustainable community food systems projects. These create jobs in sustainable agriculture and community food enterprises for low-income families; improve access to healthy food; and improve the environment by supporting responsible agricultural practices.
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