The Indigenous Food and Agriculture Initiative at the University of Arkansas School of Law has been awarded a $902,400 grant from the W.K. Kellogg Foundation.
The grant will help the Indigenous Food and Agriculture Initiative continue with its development and implement a three-phase effort called the Model Food and Agriculture Code Project.
“We are honored to receive support from the Kellogg Foundation for this important project," Janie Simms Hipp, director of the Indigenous Food and Agriculture Initiative said. "The project will support all tribal governments, their communities and families and ultimately lead to greater control over tribal health, well-being and economic sustainability.”
With the Kellogg grant, the project will be able to create a model legal framework that will be available for tribal governments to adopt and implement in order to control and maintain food and agricultural systems. The framework will be left open to the addition of provisions for the safety of food, the usage of land, water, principles involving sustainability, organic production, the protection of seeds and traditional food protection.
The first phase of the project is nearing its end and is currently holding roundtable discussions to figure out what needs are the most important to Indian Country.