The United States Department of Agriculture has recently released two resources that may be of interest to RAPP blog subscribers: Know Your Farmer, Know Your Food Compass Tool and Regional Food Hub Resource Guide.
With the continued shrinking of federal, state and local budgets, effective resource coordination is essential to maintaining quality services for refugees. A "Best Practice" in this area has emerged from the City of Boise and the Idaho Office for Refugees.
Our friend and colleague Maria Beltran-Figueroa and her co author Rey Ty have produced an award winning paper that has been honored by the Academy of Human Resource Development. Many of you know Maria's work with several refugee groups at training farms she manages near Indianpolis, Indiana.
Read ORR’s 2010 Year in Review where Microenterprise, IDA, and RAPP are all highlighted along with a new project focusing on the provision of technical assistance and training in health and mental health. Clearly ORR Director, Eskinder Negash, is acting on needs identified by refugees and refugee service agencies. A stronger coordination of all federal agencies in support of refugee resettlement and protection is also well under way.