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Pledge to Support Farmers Affected by Natural Disasters

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The livelihoods of farmers and their families are often put in jeopardy by natural disasters. Pledge to show your support for those who feed us every day!


The United States is no stranger to natural disasters. Every year, communities across the country are devastated by hurricanes, tornadoes, and other extreme weather events. While these disasters have far-reaching consequences, perhaps one of the most overlooked groups affected is the nation's farmers. When crops are destroyed, the livelihoods of farmers and their families are put in jeopardy, and for those living in poverty, the consequences can be especially devastating1.

In recent years, the southern states of the United States have seen an increase in the frequency and intensity of natural disasters, and the agricultural industry has been hit particularly hard. In January, a series of severe storms caused widespread damage to crops and farm infrastructure, leaving many farmers struggling to make ends meet2.

For farmers who have lost their crops, the financial consequences can be devastating. They may be forced to sell their land, or seek out loans or other forms of financial assistance. And for those living in poverty, the situation can be even more dire, as they may not have access to the same resources or support networks as their wealthier peers3.

However, there is hope. Across the country, nonprofit organizations and government agencies are working together to provide emergency financial aid and support to those in need. Whether it's a small donation, a helping hand with rebuilding, or a hot meal for those who have lost everything, these organizations are making a difference in the lives of farmers who have been impacted by natural disasters.

For individuals who want to help, there are a number of ways to get involved. You can donate to disaster relief organizations, such as those that provide food aid and assistance to communities affected by natural disasters. GreaterGood's non-profit partner Greater Good Charities is committed to both emergency hunger relief as well as providing opportunities for communities in developing countries with the tools for long-term, sustainable feeding and potential economic opportunities. You can also volunteer your time, offer your skills and expertise, o=and advocate for policies and initiatives that help farmers, such as insurance programs or financial support services, so that they are better equipped to weather future disasters.

The situation is particularly dire for farmers who are already struggling to make ends meet, as these events can lead to financial ruin. While it may seem daunting to help these farmers, there are many practical steps that individuals can take to make a real difference4.

Take the pledge to support farmers in need and help them recover and thrive after disaster!

More on this issue:

  1. Alana Semuels, TIME (27 November 2019), "'They're Trying to Wipe Us Off the Map.' Small American Farmers Are Nearing Extinction."
  2. Kim Chipman, Bloomberg (27 January 2023), "California Storms Have Farmers Rushing to Avoid Crop Shortfall."
  3. Robert Johansson, U.S. Department Of Agriculture (29 July 2021), "America’s Farmers: Resilient Throughout the COVID Pandemic."
  4. Greater Good Charities, "Feed Thy Neighbor with Chris Pratt."
  5. Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations, "Agriculture on the proving grounds: Damage and loss."
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The Pledge:

I understand that devastating January storms have created a dire situation for farmers who are already struggling to make ends meet.

As such I pledge to take the following actions to help American farmers recover and thrive after disaster.

10. Donate to organizations that provide aid to farmers

There are many organizations, both local and national, that provide financial assistance, food, and shelter to farmers who have been affected by disaster. GreaterGood's non-profit partner Greater Good Charities is committed to both emergency hunger relief as well as providing opportunities for communities in developing countries with the tools for long-term, sustainable feeding and potential economic opportunities.

Donating to these organizations is a quick and easy way to make a real impact.

9. Purchase produce directly from farmers

By purchasing fruits and vegetables directly from farmers, you can help to ensure that they receive a fair price for their work, and you can also provide them with a source of income.

8. Support organizations that work to rebuild agricultural infrastructure

Organizations like Heifer International and World Vision work to provide farmers with the tools and resources they need to rebuild their crops and livelihoods after a disaster.

7. Advocate for disaster relief funds for farmers

Many farmers are not eligible for the same forms of disaster relief as other businesses and individuals, and advocacy groups are working to change that. You can support these efforts by contacting your elected officials and letting them know that you believe farmers deserve access to disaster relief funds.

6. Donate goods and supplies

If you have extra seeds, tools, or supplies, consider donating them to farmers who have lost everything in a disaster.

5. Volunteer to help with disaster relief efforts

Many organizations need volunteers to help with disaster relief efforts, and volunteering your time can be a great way to make a difference.

4. Promote sustainable agriculture practices

By supporting sustainable agriculture practices, such as organic farming, regenerative agriculture, and agroforestry, you can help to reduce the risk of damage from future natural disasters.

3. Support farmer-owned cooperatives

Farmer-owned cooperatives can provide a source of stability for farmers, by giving them access to shared resources and helping them to find markets for their crops.

2. Educate yourself about the challenges facing farmers

Understanding the challenges that farmers face can help you to better support their needs and advocate for their rights.

1. Vote for politicians who support agriculture

Elected officials play a critical role in shaping policies that impact farmers, and by voting for politicians who support agriculture, you can help to ensure that farmers receive the support they need.

Through these actions, I pledge to help farmers who have been affected by natural disasters.

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