Restoring Hope through Agriculture

On March 3, 2016, Loessin embarked on a weeklong tour sponsored by the Canadian Foodgrains Bank and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation to complete 11 field visits with representatives from Bayer, CropLife, Monsanto and Syngenta. The goal of the trip was to observe the incredible work the Canadian Foodgrains Bank has been doing with rural Ethiopian communities. 

“What’s unique about the Canadian Foodgrains Bank is that they go into these countries and actually help communities by investing in agriculture as a means of improving food security,” Loessin says. “They’re creating programs in countries like Ethiopia that provide long-term solutions,” said Loessin, “not just short-term relief.”

Currently, Ethiopia is one of the most populous, land-locked countries in the world. Covering about as much area as Ontario, Ethiopia has a population of over 102 million people, and that number continues to rise. With its poor infrastructure and increasing population, importing and exporting goods is difficult and ensuring food security seems almost impossible.

“The differences between agriculture in Ethiopia and Canada are evident, but many parallels can be drawn,” Loessin says. “It’s important when you go into these countries that you listen and try to understand their situation rather then tell them what to do. And these aid agencies, like the Canadian Foodgrains Bank, have that figured out. They partner with the local organizations in Ethiopia to build projects that have local support, and the locals contribute labor and know-how.”

The positive impact of organizations like the Canadian Foodgrains Bank is evident in the communities they operate in, Loessin says.

The Canadian Foodgrains Bank is a partnership of Canadian churches and church-based agencies that share a common goal – ending global hunger. In conjunction with their members and partners around the globe, they support international programs to meet immediate food needs, influence improvements in national and international policies, and increase and deepen the engagement of Canadians in efforts to end global hunger. 

The relationship between Dow AgroSciences and the Canadian Foodgrains Bank was established as part of Dow AgroSciences’ corporate responsibility initiatives and their determination to improve the livelihoods of food consumers and producers while preserving precious environmental resources for future generations. 

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