Support helps growing projects keep costs low so they can send larger donations
The crops are planted in the over 200 Canadian Foodgrains Bank growing project fields from the Maritimes to B.C., holding the promise of a rich return to help people who don’t have enough to eat in the developing world.
Now it’s up to the weather—enough sun and rain to ripen the corn, wheat, canola, barley and other crops planted by farmers for projects such as Three Rivers in Fort St. John, B.C.; Grains for the Hungry in Kingman, AB; Harvest of Hope in Moosimin, SK; Gardenland in Winkler, MB; Wheat for the World in Cobourg, ON; Harvest for Hunger in Masstown, NS; Carleton County in Florenceville-Bristol, NB; and Lorne Valley in Montague, PEI.
As in years past, the projects are once again being aided in their efforts by some of Canada’s largest agribusiness companies—Agrium, Bayer Crop Sciences, Cargill, Dow Agrosciences, Monsanto, Novozymes Biologicals, Syngenta and Viterra. Altogether, the companies have donated over $270,000 of seed, fertilizer, chemicals, and other products and services to growing projects across Canada.
“We are grateful for this support for our growing projects,” says Foodgrains Bank Executive Director Jim Cornelius.
The regular donation of products and services from these major companies “makes it possible for the projects to keep their costs low, allowing them to raise more funds to help feed people who are hungry around the world,” he goes on to say. “It makes their work that much easier and more successful.”
In addition to support from these companies, the Foodgrains Bank also receives many other donations of products, services, and cash from hundreds of other local and regional businesses across Canada. This includes services from over 150 elevator companies that handle the crops on behalf of the Foodgrains Bank at no or lower charges.
“Each expression of corporate support is deeply appreciated, and helps us provide food assistance, improve agriculture and livelihoods, and provide nutrition programs for millions of people in the developing world,” Cornelius says.
Growing projects raise funds when farmers and others plant, tend, harvest,and sell a crop, donating the proceeds to the Foodgrains Bank. The Foodgrains Bank uses the donations to support food assistance, food security and nutrition programs implemented by its members and their partners in the developing world.
In 2012/13 a total of 17,596 tonnes of grain worth $5.8 million was donated to the Foodgrains Bank by 216 community growing projects and individual farmers. Together with other donated funds, and with a matching grant of $25 million from the Canadian government, the Foodgrains Bank was able to provide $43 million of assistance to 2.1 million people in 37 countries. This included distributing over 40,000 tonnes of food and seeds.