Helping 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 Adaptation Fund is a practical way to respond to the needs of those who are already being affected by climate change.
How it Works
By donating to the Climate Adaptation 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 Adaptation Fund.
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
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.
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 Adaptation Fund.
Contributions to the Climate Adaptation Fund are used to support Foodgrains Bank projects that help farmers in the developing world adapt to the effects of a changing climate.
Donations in 2018-19 will go to an ERDO project in Somalia that is supporting pastoralist communities affected by climate change. Donations in 2017-18 went to a PWS&D Agro-Ecological Production for Food Security project in Guatemala.
We hope you will contribute generously to the Climate Adaptation 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.