The USDA Regional Food Business Center

Established to drive economic opportunities across their region, creating a more diversified and resilient food system.

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The Hawaiʻi Good Food Alliance is the lead entity of The Islands and Remote Areas Region of the Regional Food Business Center (RFBC), which aims to serve as the cornerstone of the United States Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) development of local and regional supply chains for the local farming communities of the Pacific islands of Hawaiʻi, Guam, CNMI, and American Samoa; the state of Alaska, and the US Caribbean territories of Puerto Rico and the US Virgin Islands. 

Each of these places share similar challenges, including geographic isolation, food transport logistics, underdeveloped infrastructure, extreme climate change impacts, colonial histories, and legal issues that create a complex set of barriers to building resilient regional and local food systems and economies. 

For the RFBC team, this starts with a strong focus on sovereignty in each subregion.  Establishing an RFBC for these areas is a unique opportunity to invest in these food systems in a way that reflects the specific circumstances of these communities.

Profile:

The Regional Food Business Centers Islands & Remote Areas

Established in 2023

Project Goals:
Project Contacts:

Saleh Azizi Fardkhales, Ph.D.

Harmonee Williams

Our Responsibilities & Activities

Coordination

Act as regional hubs coordinating across geographic areas, with USDA, other federal, state, and tribal agencies with relevant resources, regional commissions, and the other Regional Food Centers. They also conduct outreach to underinvested communities and businesses.

Technical Assistance

Provide direct business technical assistance to small- and mid-sized food and farm businesses (producers, processors, distributors, and other businesses within the food supply chain) and food value and supply chain coordination.

Capacity Building

Provide financial assistance through Business Builder subawards up to $100,000 to support projects focused on emerging regional needs and businesses that are working towards expansion and other investment.

Planning

Year 1: July 2023 to June 2024

Years 2 - 4

Year 5

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Contact Saleh Azizi Fardkhales Ph.D.

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Contact Harmonee Williams