Canadian Foodgrains Bank
“I Do Not Have Hunger”
By Jim Cornelius, Executive Director, Canadian Foodgrains Bank
For Maria Djohane, a farmer in Mozambique, last year’s harvest was the best she ever had.
“I produced food to eat, to sell, and to share with my daughter who lives with her husband and four children,” she says.
Abundant harvests are not something that Maria, a widow and mother of three grown children, has always known; for many years she struggled to produce enough food for her family. But things changed in 2007 when a Canadian Foodgrains Bank-supported food security project began operating in the area.
At first, Maria was skeptical about the project, which aimed to teach people new conservation farming methods—a way of farming that preserves moisture and protects the soil—so so they can produce more food for themselves and their communities. But she agreed to participate.
It paid off. Even with little rain in the area, Maria’s harvest was the best she had ever seen.
“I do not have hunger,” she says of how the project helped her. “This project helped me to change my life.”
Maria’s story is just one of many that could be told about how the work of the Foodgrains Bank is changing lives around the world. Since April 2011, we have approved 106 projects valued at $30.8 million. This includes 48 food aid projects, valued at $19.8 million; five nutrition projects at $1.8 million; and 53 food security projects at $9.2 million.
These projects are providing assistance in 32 countries, with 62 percent of the funds going to Africa, 29 percent to Asia, and 9 percent to the Americas.
Our help for people like Maria is only possible because of the many people, churches, businesses and others that support the Foodgrains Bank. This includes corporations such as Dow AgroSciences, which annually provides $40,000 to community growing projects across Canada, along with other support. At the Foodgrains Bank, we are grateful for this ongoing assistance—thank-you!
Whether it’s helping people learn new farming methods, strengthening their abilities to deal with drought or other natural disasters, or providing food during a crisis, we share a common goal of ensuring that people around the world have enough to eat, and that farmers have the support they need to grow food.
Together, we want to hear more people like Maria say: “I do not have hunger.”
Canadian Foodgrains Bank is a partnership of 15 churches and church agencies working together to end global hunger. For more information, visit www.foodgrainsbank.ca