High and Dry – USA Today special edition on the California drought.
Shelter and Mobility-Recommendations for California’s Specialty Crop Ag Workforce This report details the findings and recommendations of the California Agricultural Workforce Housing and Transportation Project, a yearlong multi-stakeholder investigation into the community, political, and industry challenges and barriers to the provision of adequate and affordable housing and transportation to the state’s specialty crop workforce and their families.
As California enters a third consecutive year of some of the driest conditions on record, much of the attention has focused on the allocation of limited water resources. Although critical to the production of much of our nation’s food, the attention to programs and policies that focus on agriculture’s need for water has overshadowed the impact of the drought on the communities and people intimately connected to the agricultural industry. Not only does the drought affect jobs but the ripple effect will impact health, housing, transportation, and food security in impacted communities and beyond.