Tuesday, August 14, 2012 - By Carol Thiessen
In crowded Bangladesh, ending hunger for poor families requires
creativity. With little available farmland, better farming techniques or
improved seeds are not enough– increasing family income is key.
That’s the strategy behind Bangladesh Nazarene Mission’s (BNM) five year
nutrition and food security project, funded through the Foodgrains Bank
and Nazarene Compassionate Ministries. Working in 70 communities, the
project’s activities include training in health, nutrition, sanitation
and social awareness—and support for income generating activities.
Monday, August 13, 2012 -
Volunteers help Canadian Foodgrains Bank ensure financial accountability, promote partner capacity around the world
With over 100 partners implementing programs in 36 countries around the
world, keeping finances straight is more than a full-time job for
Canadian Foodgrains Bank staff.
Having volunteer accounting professionals makes it a lot more
manageable, says Carol Miles, Finance Director at the Foodgrains Bank.
Friday, August 10, 2012 -
Grain ration to be distributed to an additional 21,000 people in Niger
A new project that will help 21,000 people in Niger’s Dosso region
brings Canadian Foodgrains Bank’s response to the food crisis in the
Sahel to $10 million.
The $335,000 project, which is being organized by Foodgrains Bank member
World Relief Canada, with support from the United Church of Canada and
the Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA), will provide 534
tonnes of millet in August and September. It will be implemented by
local partners in Niger.
“The food is coming at an important time”, says Siggi Holzhaeuer,
Program Officer at the Foodgrains Bank, noting that people will be
working in their fields over the next two months to prepare for the next
millet harvest in October.
Thursday, August 09, 2012 - This article was first published in Embassy.
By Stuart Clark
After months of negotiations, the world’s richest countries have agreed
on a new Food Assistance Convention—a treaty that governs the way they
provide food for people in the developing world who don’t have enough to
Overall, the new treaty has many positive changes that will allow aid
groups to use government funding to try new ways of alleviating global
hunger. But there are concerns, too.
Tuesday, August 07, 2012 -
The Government of Canada has announced it will match all donations for the food crisis in the Sahel dollar-for-dollar through its new Sahel Crisis Matching Fund.
Wednesday, August 01, 2012 - Originally published by Banner. Posted with permission.
by Tracey Yan
Ann Van Harten doesn’t let her age keep her from making a difference in her community and the world.
Van Harten, 86, is a humble woman, but she knows that God can use the
small and humble to make a difference. That’s why she started picking up
empty bottles and cans over 17 years ago while she was out walking: she
knew recycling was good for the environment, and the nickels and dimes
she collected could go to a good cause.
Tuesday, July 31, 2012 - By: Carol Thiessen
Monjila Begum has become the face of climate change for me.
Three years ago Cyclone Aila ravaged southern Bangladesh, causing massive
flooding and mudslides. Rivers battled their way through embankments
swamping whole villages, salt water inundated fields and hundreds of
people died. Hundreds of thousands more lost their homes and livestock.
Cyclone Aila destroyed Monjila’s home. But she lost much more than that.
Her husband now suffers from the trauma of the storm and can’t work. So
she moved her family to her father’s village of Gabura, a river island
near the Bay of Bengal, hoping for a better future. She hasn’t found it
yet. “Day by day we are becoming poorer,” she told me through an
I met Monjila on a recent trip to Bangladesh. I wanted to better
understand how a changing climate is affecting people in some of the
poorest places in the world. The Foodgrains Bank is committed to
reducing hunger and helping people climb out of poverty, yet our partner
organizations in Bangladesh have been telling us that climate change is
making this much more difficult. So I visited some of the villages
where they work to learn more.
Monday, July 30, 2012 -
The 2012 Annual Report is now available.
In 2011//12 Canadian Foodgrains Bank programs reached 2.1 million people
in 36 countries. Learn more by accessing a copy of our annual report.
Click here for a pdf version of the report, or order hard copies by clicking here.
Thursday, July 26, 2012 -
Winter wheat crop raises $150,000 to help end hunger through Canadian Foodgrains Bank
With a record donation to Canadian Foodgrains Bank, members of the
Niverville and District growing project have reason to celebrate.
On July 24, the project harvested 78.2 bushels an acre from its 264
acres of winter wheat. Sold for $7.25 a bushel to area farmers for
animal feed, the crop produced about $150,000 for the Foodgrains
Bank—their biggest donation since starting in 2000.
Click here to see images from the harvest.
Tuesday, July 17, 2012 -
Barbara Macdonald begins new role in September
Canadian Foodgrains Bank is pleased to announce the appointment of Barbara Macdonald as Senior Policy Advisor.
Macdonald comes to the Foodgrains Bank after seven years as Director of
Performance Measurement and Research with the Global Alliance for
Improved Nutrition in Geneva. Prior to that she worked for seven years
with the Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA) as a senior
nutrition advisor, and two years before that as a food and nutrition
advisor with the International Development Research Centre (IDRC).