Thursday, February 07, 2013 - On February 5, 2013 the Canadian Government announced
its ratification of the new Food Assistance Convention, a legally
binding international treaty that ensures a minimum level of quality
food assistance to help meet the food needs of vulnerable populations.
At the same time, the Government announced it will provide an annual
minimum commitment of $250 million to provide food for people in the
The Q & A below provides information about the new Food Assistance Convention, and what it means for the Foodgrains Bank. Click here to read about the Foodgrains Bank response to ratification and the commitment.
Thursday, February 07, 2013 - In celebration of International Development Week 2013, we join the
Manitoba Council for International Cooperation (MCIC) in recognizing the
work of Vurayayi Pugeni.
Originally from Zimbabwe, Vurayayi Pugeni now lives in Winnipeg,
Manitoba and serves as the Humanitarian Relief & Disaster Recovery
Coordinator at Mennonite Central Committee Canada.
Prior to his work with MCC, Vurayayi worked at Christian Care Zimbabwe, a
partner of another Foodgrains Bank member, the United Church of Canada
to provide food aid to those most in need, and to encourage sustainable
agricultural methods to small-scale farmers. He believes that
eradicating extreme poverty in our world is essential in order to give
everyone in our world the dignity to feed themselves and their families.
Before moving to Canada, Vurayayi was a people-to-people visitor with
Canadian Foodgrains Bank.
Watch this video to see how Vurayayi is making a difference.
Wednesday, February 06, 2013 -
Conservation Agriculture transforms hunger into prosperity
ARUSHA, Tanzania -- ‘You don’t have to rush things’ says Richard Kipara,
a smallscale farmer in the Arusha district of Tanzania of the patience
needed to successfully practice conservation agriculture.
Kipara has seen his family go from not having enough food to selling
surplus grain, paying school fees, building a more comfortable home and
acquiring more land through the no-till farming method that conserves
moisture and adds nutrients to the soil.
Tuesday, February 05, 2013 -
Pleased with Government’s minimum commitment of $250 million to meet food needs in developing world
WINNIPEG, MB – Canadian Foodgrains Bank welcomes the Government of
Canada’s decision to ratify the new Food Assistance Convention, along
with its decision to provide a minimum commitment of $250 million this year to
help meet the food needs of vulnerable people in the developing world.
Monday, February 04, 2013 -
Feb. 9-10 Choirs for Comfort to raise funds for “cause that was dear to him”
Erskine was not only a husband, father, pastor and dedicated to ending
global hunger—he was a gifted pianist, baritone, music director and
Friday, February 01, 2013 - An exciting opportunity has arisen for an experienced Finance Manager to
provide finance and accounting management support and capacity building
functions to Tearfund partners in the Sahel. The post holder will
ensure that financial procedures and systems are in compliance with
Tearfund, consortium and donor requirements.
Tuesday, January 29, 2013 -
Brenda Leenders uses old coffee bags to raise funds to help those who don’t have enough to eat
For some people, a cup of coffee is an important way to start the day.
For Brenda Leenders, Canadian Foodgrains Bank Regional Coordinator in
Nova Scotia, coffee—or, at least, the bags it comes in—is a way to raise
funds to help end global hunger.
Tuesday, January 29, 2013 -
In 1983, a new kind of bank was founded—Canadian Foodgrains Bank.
Unlike other banks, which accept deposits of money from people who want
to earn a profit, the Foodgrains Bank was created to receive gifts of
food to share freely with others.
Since its founding 30 years ago, the Foodgrains Bank has provided over
1.1 million tonnes of food and seeds worth over $682 million to millions
of people 78 countries. At the same time, it has grown from five
members to 15 churches and church agencies representing 32 denominations
Wednesday, January 23, 2013 -
New techniques helps farmers adapt to changing conditions
A few years ago, Sylvester Lembris, a farmer and mother of five in the
Arusha district of Tanzania, started growing a garden to help feed her
It was a great success; before long, neighbors starting coming around asking if they could purchase her surplus vegetables.