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The Rural Advancement Foundation International is a registered 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. We believe in transparency, ethical accounting, and donor stewardship. We have earned the Gold GuideStar Exchange Seal and the Charity Navigator 4-star rating, demonstrating our commitment to transparency. We also meet the BBB Wise Giving Alliance’s 20 Standards for Charity Accountability.
For more than 25 years, RAFI has promoted justice and sustainability in agriculture. We’ve fought to protect the rights of farmers and promoted our vision of a world in which all who labor in agriculture are respected, protected, and valued by society. We’re committed to promoting sustainable practices, empowered communities, and policies that help family farms succeed. These initiatives are made possible by RAFI supporters.
Our Work Together
Bringing Everyone to the Table We cultivate partnerships among diverse organizations, churches, farms, and other stakeholders to address the root causes of hunger and promote access to healthy food for all. Our Fellowship program supports a learning community of engaged advocates.
A Trusted Resource for Farmers We directly assist farmers, providing expert technical assistance in the areas of farm finance and risk management. We equip farmers to navigate federal farm programs and better manage risk.
Fighting for Fairness We fight for farmers’ rights, and we speak out against policies and practices that harm farmers. Our full-length documentary film, Under Contract: Farmers and the Fine Print, portrays the exploitative practices of the poultry industry.
Seeds & Breeds for 21st Century Agriculture Protecting our agricultural genetic diversity and expanding crop diversity is essential to the future viability of family farms. We advocate for increased funding for classical breeding programs and lead efforts to ensure support for publicly-held seeds and breeds.
Pollinators & Sustainability We’ve partnered with the Burt’s Bees Greater Good Foundation on the “Bring Back the Bees” campaign. Our goal is to plant 1+ billion seeds of pollinator plants on farms, providing habitat and food sources for bees and other pollinators.
Farmer Entrepreneurship & Innovation Our Agricultural Reinvestment Fund made 27 grants to entrepreneurial and innovative farms in 2017.
Reforming Federal Farm Policy We promote policies that help family farms thrive. We have achieved major changes to federal crop insurance that will help diversified farms access this important tool.