Help families in Kenya, Ethiopia and Tanzania learn to grow more food!

Did you know most of the world’s most food insecure are farmers—and that half of these farmers experiencing hunger are women?

Despite their hard work, they experience hunger for several reasons:

  • Their farms are small—most work with two hectares of land or less.
  • They have to deal with harsh and erratic weather conditions.
  • They struggle with drought, government instability, depleted soil, and lack of market access.
  • And they lack resources and training to improve their farms.

When families don’t have enough food, it means they may not be able to afford to send their children to school. They may not be able to afford medicine when they are sick. And if they have a bad farming year, it could force them into debt, or into selling their land, making it harder for them to eventually escape the cycle of poverty.

Canadian Foodgrains Bank, through its members Mennonite Central Committee Canada, Tearfund Canada and World Renew, is working to change things through our Scaling-Up Conservation Agriculture in East Africa program.

Before the program, I would get about one to one and a half bags of maize. Now, I get between three and three and a half bags.

Together with our members, we are helping 50,000 small-scale farmers in Kenya, Tanzania and Ethiopia to produce better and more sustainable crops so they can better support their families.

Through the program families are learning how to use conservation agriculture—a way of farming that emphasizes minimal soil disturbance, soil cover, and crop rotations and associations—to make sure their land is productive for years to come, and to better cope with drought and unpredictable weather.

Mary’s story

Jane’s story

One woman who has taken the tools and trainings offered to her and used them to her family’s benefit is Jane Wajicko of Murang’a County, Kenya.

Jane owns about an acre of land. For most of her life, she and her seven children experienced hunger on a regular basis, because the food they were able to grow would run out before next year’s harvest.

Learning about conservation agriculture allowed Jane to sustainably increase her harvest.

“Before the program, I would get about one to one and a half bags of maize. Now, I get between three and three and a half bags,” she says. (Read more of Jane’s story).

You can help!

You can help us change the story for small-scale farmers in Ethiopia, Kenya and Tanzania by donating to our Scaling Up Agriculture in East Africa Program. Your gift will allow us to train more farmers like Jane in improving their lives and the lives of their family members for years to come.

Partnership with the Government of Canada

Donations to this project are matched on a 3:1 basis thanks to the support of the Government of Canada, which is providing a matching $14 million in support.

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