The Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) population is projected to reach 35.6 million in the next 40 years, making it the fastest growing racial group in the country. They provide innumerable contributions to the agriculture and food enterprise of our nation. However, this expanding group faces challenges in the areas of education, civil rights, language barriers, health, and economic development.
The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) and the National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) are proud to partner with our land-grant universities, state and local governments, other federal agencies, and professional organizations to find solutions to these critical issues. Through programs such as the Alaska Native-Serving and Native Hawaiian-Serving Institutions Education Competitive Grants Program, Resident Instruction Grants, and Distance Education Grants for Institutions of Higher Education in Insular Areas, students from these under-represented groups are finding career opportunities in the areas of agricultural research, education, and extension.
Other NIFA-supported programs such as the Agriculture and Food Research Initiative, the Beginning Farmer and Rancher Development Program, Community Food Projects, and the Expanded Food and Nutrition Education Program are turning research into action—bringing groundbreaking discoveries from research laboratories to farms, communities, and classrooms to benefit Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders in countless and innovative ways.