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An Eye-Opening Look at Indigenous Food and Agriculture Systems: Funder Webinar

April 14, 2021 @ 11:00 am 12:15 pm PDT

Presented by First Nations Development Institute and SAFSF

Join SAFSF and First Nations Development Institute (First Nations) to learn about the beauty, complexity, and resilience of Native American communities and food and agriculture systems. Ricardo Salvador, director of the Food and Environment Program at the Union of Concerned Scientists, and A-dae Romero-Briones, director of programs – Native Agriculture and Food Systems for First Nations, will lead a dynamic discussion featuring several video clips from GATHER, a feature-length film that celebrates Native food systems and the work being done to reclaim them.

Funders will deepen their knowledge of U.S. food systems and how policy, systemic racism, and inequity have shaped Indigenous agriculture and food systems both historically and today. They will also learn how they can address the barriers Native communities face in obtaining funding for their work.


Ricardo Salvador

Ricardo Salvador

RICARDO SALVADOR is an agronomist, with specializations in the culture of maize, crop production techniques, sustainability and systems analysis. He has been an extensionist with Texas A&M University, associate professor of Agronomy at Iowa State University, program officer for Food, Health and Wellbeing with the W.K. Kellogg Foundation, and currently serves as the director and senior scientist of the Food and Environment Program at the Union of Concerned Scientists. Ricardo’s undergraduate degree in agricultural science is from New Mexico State University, and his M. S. and Ph. D. degrees in crop production and physiology are from Iowa State University. At UCS, Ricardo leads a team of 10 scientists, economists, policy analysts, communications and outreach specialists, with the goal of shifting the narrative around food so that decision-makers, media, and informed citizens recognize and act upon the knowledge that modern, sustainable practices can be highly productive while also protecting the environment, producing healthy food, and creating economic opportunity.

A-dae Romero Briones

A-DAE ROMERO-BRIONES (Cochiti/Kiowa) works as director of programs—Native Agriculture and Food Systems for First Nations Development Institute and manages the Native Agriculture and Food Systems Initiative at First Nations. She is formerly the director of community development for Pulama Lana’i. She is also the co-founder and former executive director of a nonprofit organization in Cochiti Pueblo, New Mexico. Ms. Romero-Briones worked for the University of Arkansas’ Indigenous Food and Agricultural Intuitive while earning her LL.M. degree in food and agricultural law. Her thesis was on the Food Safety Modernization Act as it applied to the federal Tribal relationship. She wrote extensively about food safety, the produce safety rule and tribes, and the protection of Tribal traditional foods. A U.S. Fulbright Scholar, Ms. Romero-Briones received her bachelor of arts in public policy from Princeton University, received a law doctorate from Arizona State University’s College of Law, and earned a LL.M. in food and agricultural law from the University of Arkansas. She currently sits on several boards, including the Lana’i Elementary and High School Foundation. She was also recognized as a White House Champion of Change in Agriculture. She currently sits on the National Organic Standards Board.

Areas of Impact:

Agricultural Products  |   Animals  |   Fiber/Textiles  |   Fruits and Vegetables  |   Farms & Farming Systems  |   Justice  |   Equity  |   Food Sovereignty  |   Land Access  |   Racial Justice  |   Rural Communities  |   Native American/Tribal

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