The Climate Fund

climate-fund-logoHelping smallholder farmers adapt to climate change

Many people who are hungry feel the consequences of climate change in their stomachs. A changing climate is pushing many vulnerable people further into poverty and hunger.

The smallholder farmers we work with tell us they are experiencing more extreme weather, including droughts and floods. They tell us seasons are becoming increasingly unpredictable, making it harder to know when to plant their crops. And they tell us they need support in adapting to this new reality.

The Climate Fund is a practical way to respond to the needs of those who are already being affected by climate change.

Click here to make a donation

How it Works

By donating to the Climate Fund, you can acknowledge your personal contribution to the greenhouse gas emissions that cause climate change—things like travel, heating and electrical use. Your donation can be based on the amount of carbon you and your family produce each month or year.

Donations will go to Canadian Foodgrains Bank-supported projects that work with smallholder farmers on techniques to adapt to climate change and improve their ability to feed themselves, their families, and their communities.

To help you with this, we have provided links to carbon calculators that give an idea of how our various activities impact the environment. We suggest a donation of $25/tonne, which reflects the market for offset-type payments.

Or, simply make a donation of any amount to the Climate Fund.

Common Calculations

Air travel, driving, heating, and electricity are some of our most carbon-costly activities. If you want to make a donation to compensate for travel or energy use, we suggest using the table below to give you an idea of what you might like to give. Of course, keep in mind these are averages and suggestions.

•    Short flight (0-2 hours) = approximately 0.4 tonnes of carbon, suggested donation of $10
•    Medium flight (2-5 hours) = approximately 0.8 tonnes of carbon, suggested donation of $20
•    Long flight (5+ hours) = approximately 1.4 tonnes of carbon, suggested donation of $35
•    10,000 kilometers in a mid-size car emits about 2.5 tonnes of carbon, suggested donation of $62.50
•    Electricity and heating for an average Canadian household for a year = 3.2 tonnes of carbon, suggested donation of $80.a

For a more precise idea of how much carbon your lifestyle generates, we recommend using one of the calculators below. Simply input your information then return here to make your donation.

Carbon Footprint Calculator
Zero GHG

Click here to make a donation online with your credit card. Donations can also be made by sending a cheque to Box 767, Winnipeg, MB, R3C 2L4, or calling 204-944-1993 / toll free 1-800-665-0377. Please indicate that the donation should be directed to the Climate Fund.

Contributions to the Climate Fund are used to support Foodgrains Bank projects that help farmers in the developing world adapt to the effects of a changing climate. Donations to the Climate Fund have supported the following projects:

2013/14 – Chimanimani Conservation Farming, Zimbabwe
The United Church of Canada supported Christian Care Zimbabwe with a Conservation Agriculture project to alleviate critical food insecurity for 3,002 farmers in Chimanimani district in eastern Zimbabwe. Changes in rainfall were causing recurring droughts, and traditional farming practices often failed to produce enough food to meet the farm families’ needs. Farmers learned Conservation Agriculture techniques, a way of farming that enables farmers to capture and retain moisture so they can produce enough food for their households, with some left-over to sell.

2014/15 – Food Today and Tomorrow in Mandera West, Kenya
Foodgrains Bank member Adventist Development and Relief Agency (ADRA) Canada is supporting ADRA Kenya in working with the pastoralists of Mandera West, in the country’s northeast, to rehabilitate their grazing land by introducing Farmer Managed Natural Regeneration. After providing emergency food assistance during the severe drought of 2012, ADRA decided to work with the pastoralists to find solutions that would help them to adapt to low, unreliable rainfall and sporadic drought. Altogether, 3,647 individuals from 500 vulnerable households will be assisted over the four year project. Read more.

2015/16 – Food Security in two Locations in Andhra Pradesh State, India
Canadian Baptist Ministries (CBM) is supporting CBM India in two districts of Andhra Pradesh State, India to help small-scale farmers transition from high-input, water intensive rice production to a System of Rice Intensification (SRI). SRI is beneficial for farmers in India because less water and seed are required and the rice plants are stronger and less susceptible to pests. In addition to SRI training, the project is working with participants to create kitchen gardens. This project aims to increase food security and food diversity for 4,320 people. Read more.

Donations made to the Climate Fund in 2016/17 will go to:

Agroforestry, Farmer Support, and Natural Resource Management Training, Haiti
Mennonite Central Committee (MCC) Canada is supporting MCC Haiti with an agroforestry project in Desarmes, Haiti that will reach 17,300 individuals. Farmers in the region are dealing with the challenges of deforestation, soil erosion and desertification. This project is working with farmers to plant tree seedlings throughout the community while also working with targeted farmers on intensive micro-forest and agroforestry plots and local school children on improving nutrition. In addition, MCC Haiti is working with a marginalized community in the area to improve agricultural production. The anticipated outcomes of these activities include increased tree cover, improved agricultural production, improved dietary diversity and nutrition. Read more.

We hope you will contribute generously to the Climate Fund! We also encourage you to continue caring for all of creation through prayer and worship, by advocating for an end to hunger, and by taking steps to live more sustainably on God’s good earth.