Giving campaign to support agriculture, food-security research
The California Bountiful Foundation, the nonprofit science and research affiliate of the California Farm Bureau, is beginning its annual fundraising campaign with a goal of supporting scientific and economic research on agricultural production to ensure food security for all Californians.
The Bountiful Foundation, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, conducts research and compiles scientific and economic data on agriculture, food prices, water and the environment. The foundation is led by Dr. Amrith Gunasekara, former manager of the Office of Environmental Farming and Innovation for the California Department of Food and Agriculture and science advisor to the state agriculture secretary.
The Bountiful Foundation, reorganized by the Farm Bureau in April 2022, solicits grants and provides funding to support studies on issues affecting farmers, ranchers, timber producers and consumers. Research interests focus on climate-smart agriculture, water use, regulations, food prices and sustaining California’s agricultural heritage into the future.
"California farmers and ranchers produce a diverse bounty of high-quality foods in America’s most productive agricultural state," said California Farm Bureau President Jamie Johansson. "The California Bountiful Foundation conducts and enables important research to inform policymakers on supporting our critical agricultural production and safeguarding our California landscape while providing Americans with ample supplies of safe, nutritious and affordable foods.”
Currently, one in five California residents—about 8.4 million people—faces food insecurity. This year’s fundraising campaign, including Giving Tuesday on Nov. 28, is focusing on Bountiful Foundation efforts to lead and support agricultural research on California agricultural contributions to addressing food insecurity.
“The California Bountiful Foundation is dedicated to research on sustaining agriculture into the future while conserving our water resources, protecting the environment and curbing food insecurity by producing more healthful and affordable foods to meet the needs of all Californians,” said Dr. Gunasekara.
To learn more about the California Bountiful Foundation and how to donate, visit https://www.cfbf.com/california-bountiful-foundation
The California Farm Bureau works to protect family farms and ranches on behalf of nearly 29,000 members statewide and as part of a nationwide network of 5.3 million Farm Bureau members.