The Massachusetts Refugee Agriculture Program (MRAP) is federally funded through the U.S. Office of Refugee Resettlement's Refugee Agriculture Partnership Program, and is administered in the state by the Office for Refugees and Immigrants. The goal of MRAP is to assist refugee farmers to develop their own farm and food sector enterprises. The program leverages the available agriculture and refugee services the state provides, linking refugee service providers, agriculture organizations, and other entities. These partnerships develop and provide new community gardens and farming opportunities; technical assistance, training, marketing, and value-added opportunities; access to other agriculture programs; farmland; and financial resources that benefit refugee farmers. Refugee farmers and their families directly benefit from this program by increasing their levels of self-sufficiency, while the culturally appropriate foods they produce benefit the much larger refugee and immigrant communities.
This information is provided by the Office for Refugees and Immigrants