The Refugee Agricultural Partnership Program (RAPP) improves the supply and quality of food in urban and rural areas through refugee farming projects. Such projects provide income opportunities for refugees while also encouraging a healthy diet.
RAPP project goals include the creation of:
- Sustainable income
- Supplemental income
- An adequate supply of healthy food
- Better physical and mental health
RAPP supports collaboration among refugees and other community-based organizations to participate in activities such as:
- Community gardens
- Small acreage farming
- Farm-to-school programs and school gardens
- Health and nutrition classes
- Farmers’ markets and local food banks
Collaboration with both public and private organization contributes to RAPP success. These partnerships have helped incorporate refugees into the mainstream of the sustainable food movement.
- Refugees and the organizations serving them have partnered with the USDA to improve understanding of and access to USDA programs
- The USDA National Institute for Food Agriculture Visit disclaimer page (NIFA) highlights RAPP’s efforts in small farming
In FY 2011, RAPP has 14 grantees, but our network includes 230 subscribers to the RAPP Listserv. Technical assistance is available through the Institute for Social and Economic Development (ISED). In addition to grantee support, an interactive blog allows grantees to share best practices and improve their respective programs.
To learn more about what happened in 2011, read the RAPP Annual Report for 2011 (DOC 35KB).
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