Food Systems and Health

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Claudio Rodriguez

We network with other organizations to contribute to food sovereignty, sustainable agricultural practices, and honoring traditional and Indigenous Knowledge.

We partner with schools, neighborhood and Indigenous associations, and local and tribal governments on both sides of the US-Mexico border to establish community gardens and promote small-scale entrepreneurship for marketing products produced by women and Indigenous workers. By encouraging better diets relying on locally-grown food and traditional modes of production, we are promoting public health among populations with high morbidity rates.

Researchers at our Native Nations Institute also study Indigenous food systems and are partners of the Indigenous Food Knowledges Network, which gathers Indigenous leaders, community practitioners, and scholars (both Indigenous and non-Indigenous) to research and build community capacities related to food sovereignty and Indigenous Knowledge.

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