Black land tenure reached its zenith in 1910 with more than 15 million acres of farm land and 925,000 farmers – full-time, part-time, and tenant. Unethical lending and foreclosure practices by the US Department of Agriculture, nurtured by systemic racism and corporate greed, have ripped farmland from the hands of thousands of Black farmers over the last century, leading to fewer than 40,000 Black farmers owning 4 million acres of farm land today.
This new video by NFFC and ActionAid USA features leaders from Black farmer and migrant farmworker communities describing the impacts of this land theft, losing their home, livelihood and the ability to maintain and build family wealth. Everyone deserves the right to eat and grow foods of their choice and to be paid fairly for their labors, but first they must have land. Hear family farmers describe their solutions, then take action:
Video editing: Becca Haydu Photography & Videography