Spring planting has not yet begun, but Canadian Foodgrains Bank (CFGB) growing project organizers across Canada are already thinking about what they will grow this year to help end hunger.
Their efforts will be greatly aided by support from some of Canada’s agribusiness companies. Businesses lined up to provide free seed, fertilizer, chemicals and other products are Agrium, Arysta Life Science, Bayer Crop Science, Brett Young Seeds, Cargill Ag Horizons Canada, Cheminova, Dow Agrosciences, DuPont, DuPont Pioneer, Monsanto, Novozymes BioAg Limited, SeCan and Syngenta.
Altogether, the companies have donated over $300,000 of inputs for the growing projects, which find farmers coming together to plant, tend, harvest and then donate the proceeds of the sale of the crop. In 2013-14, 236 growing projects from Atlantic Canada to B.C. raised $5.3 million from the sale of 19,217 tonnes of grain for CFGB.
“We are grateful for the ongoing support for our growing projects,” says CFGB marketing and donor relations co-ordinator Sandra Dudych, noting the provision of free inputs and services helps the projects keep their expenses low so they can donate more to CFGB.
“The regular donations of products and services from these major companies greatly aids the work of hundreds of our volunteers, enabling them to raise more funds to help people in the developing world who don’t have enough to eat.”
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In addition to support from these companies, CFGB also receives many other donations of products, services and cash from hundreds of other local and regional businesses across Canada. This includes services from over 120 elevator companies that handle crops on behalf of CFGB for free, or at reduced prices.
“We know it has been a challenging year for the companies that faithfully work with us to end global hunger,” says Dudych, adding that “their commitment to help us has been steadfast. Each expression of corporate support is appreciated.”
In its 2013-14 budget year, which ended March 31, CFGB provided $42 million of assistance for 1.28 million people in 42 countries.
Canadian Foodgrains Bank is a partnership of 15 churches and church agencies working together to end global hunger. Founded in 1983, it has provided over half a billion dollars for programs to millions of people in 78 countries that offer food assistance, improved agriculture and livelihoods, and nutrition for millions of people in the developing world.
Canadian Foodgrains Bank projects are undertaken with support from the Government of Canada.