Catalyst 300 – Rural Poverty and Farmwork

Catalyst Applied Innovation Seminar (CTL300) Webguide for Rural Poverty and Farmwork

Food is essential to human survival: it fuels our bodies and provides livelihoods. Our lands and oceans produce enough food – yet a third is wasted every year. Over 11% of people in the world are hungry and 3.1 million children die as a result of malnutrition annually. In the United States, one in eight people do not know where their next meal might come from (Feeding America, 2018). The future of our food supply will be further challenged by climate change, environmental degradation, and worldwide poverty and inequality. The goal of this case is to ensure continued support for agriculture and fishing so that current and future generations are able to produce and have access to safe, healthy, high quality, and culturally appropriate food.

Challenge 1.2

While the majority of farms and fisheries around the world are small scale, global food supply is governed by few companies. In the United States, the average size of a farm is increasing, farmers are getting older, and barriers to entry to farming profession are high particularly for women and people of color. Globally, women account for about a third of agricultural labor force, yet very few women own land (UN Economic and Social Council, 2018). In the US, only about 11% of principal farm operators are people of color (USDA NASS 2017). Farmworkers are disproportionately exposed to environmental hazards, abusive working conditions, and face dangers connected with immigration. This challenge addresses support for small farmers and farm workers worldwide to support rural livelihoods.


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Reserve Books: Found on the Catalyst Shelves on 3A

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How The Rural Poor Got Power: Narrative Of A Grass-Roots Organizer / Paul Wellstone

Heartland: A Memoir of Working Hard and Being Broke in the Richest Country on Earth / Sarah Smarsh

Rural Poverty in the United States / Ann Tickamyer, et. al.

Social Capital and Poor Communities / Susan Saegert, et al.

Those Who Work, Those Who Don’t / Jennifer Sherman

Rural People and Communities in the 21st Century: Resilience and Transformation / David L. Brown, Kai A. Schafft

Worlds Apart: Poverty and Politics in Rural America, 2nd Ed. / Cynthia M. Duncan

Growing up Empty: The Hunger Epidemic in America / Loretta Schwartz-Nobel

A People’s History of Poverty in America / Stephen Pimpare

Challenges for Rural America in the Twenty-First Century / David L. Brown et. al.

Surviving in a Material World / Ronald Paul Hill

Welfare Reform in Persistent Rural Poverty: Dreams, Disenchantments and Diversity / Kathleen Ann Pickering

Importing Poverty: Immigration and the Changing Face of Rural America / Philip L. Martin

The Farmworkers’ Journey / Ann Aurelia Lopez

Farm work and fieldwork : American agriculture in anthropological perspective / edited by Michael Chibnik.

Working the land : the stories of ranch and farm women in the modern American West / Sandra K. Schackel.

From the farm to the table : what all Americans need to know about agriculture / Gary Holthaus.

Rural routes & ruts : roaming the roads of rural life / by Scott Schultz

The future of farming and rural life in Wisconsin : findings, recommendations, steps to a healthy future : a Wisconsin Idea Policy Program report of the Wisconsin Academy of Arts and Letters

Queering the countryside : new frontiers in rural queer studies / edited by Mary L. Gray, Colin R. Johnson, and Brian J. Gilley.

The Age of Sustainable Development / Jeffrey Sachs

The Left Behind: Decline and Rage in Rural America / Robert Wuthnow


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