Co-Founder and Executive director
Hmong American Farmers Association
Pakou Hang, a naturalized American citizen born in a refugee camp in Thailand, leads the Hmong American Farmers Association (HAFA). She first learned about agriculture while picking cucumbers as a child in her family’s farming operation. After earning a bachelor’s degree from Yale and a master’s from the University of Minnesota, Hang is leveraging her analytical and organizing skills to boost the incomes of Hmong producers. HAFA farmers are marketing their produce to businesses, school districts, grocery stores and co-ops. By working together, Hang is helping them move beyond consumer farmers’ markets to increase sales per acre.