People in the developing world who don’t have enough to eat will benefit from a just-completed collaboration between Canadian Foodgrains Bank and the Monsanto Fund.
In 2013, on the occasion of the Foodgrains Bank 30th anniversary, the Monsanto Fund provided a grant of $100,000 to be used by community growing projects in Canada to grow a crop and then donate the proceeds of the sale of the crop to the Foodgrains Bank.
The grant was divided between 13 growing projects from Nova Scotia to Alberta. Funds from the grant were used by 68 volunteers in the 2013 and 2014 growing seasons to plant 764 acres of crops such as oats, wheat, canola and soybeans.
After harvesting and selling the crops, the projects donated a total of $211,601 to the Foodgrains Bank.
“These growing projects, led by the Canadian Foodgrains Bank and farmer volunteers, demonstrate the power of collaboration,” says Kelly Funke, Public Affairs Manager for Monsanto Canada. “The Monsanto Fund is proud of its role in helping Canadian farmers make balanced meals accessible to more people around the world.”
“The support from the Monsanto Fund was greatly appreciated,” says John Longhurst, who directs Resources and Public Engagement for the Foodgrains Bank. “Through the efforts of local volunteers, their donation was doubled to help many more people in the developing world.”
Monsanto Canada has been a strong supporter of the Foodgrains Bank for almost 20 years, annually providing free inputs for community growing projects.