University of Arizona Graduate Studies

Indige-FEWSS

Indigenous Food, Energy, and Water Security and Sovereignty

Goal: To develop a diverse workforce with intercultural awareness and FEWS expertise to address FEWS challenges in indigenous communities.

CHALLENGE:

Worldwide, ~370 million indigenous people live in over 90 countries. Although, indigenous people are only approximately 5% of the world population, they represent 90% of cultural diversity and hold 20% of the land that maintains 80% of the world’s remaining biodiversity. However, indigenous people often lack access to energy, water, and food infrastructure.

  • 14% of U.S. Native American households lack access to electricity.
  • On the Navajo Nation, our partners for this graduate student training experience, approximately 35% of dwellings are not connected to central power or potable water.

PROBLEMā€SOLVING:

Developing technical solutions to these challenges requires an understanding of indigenous societies, governance, and culture and the ability to work effectively in these contexts.

Refer to the program brochure and website for more information.

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