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Earlier this year, 10 educators from across Canada spent two weeks in Nepal, visiting Canadian Foodgrains Bank projects and also staying with Nepalese families for part of their tour. Youth educators — teachers, 4-H leaders, youth pastors, and others — are invited to apply for a similar tour in Uganda in August.

Youth educators invited to Foodgrains Bank tour

Application deadline is May 15

The Canadian Foodgrains Bank is inviting youth educators to apply to join a tour to Uganda in August. Tour participants will meet people who have experienced hunger first hand, learn about the root causes and impacts of hunger, and learn about efforts to respond to the different kinds of hunger. “Our goal is to provide […] Read more



Viterra pledges land for grow project

Viterra is providing the Canadian Foodgrains Bank with 42 acres of land to farm at its terminals in Stettler and Balgonie, Sask. The Foodgrains Bank, a partnership of 15 churches and church agencies working to end global hunger, has found local farmers to farm the land. Once harvest is complete, the proceeds of the sale […] Read more


Look past the current woes of African agriculture and you’ll see vast potential, says South African farmer 
Theo de Jager.

African farms are vastly different but share common bonds

Subsistence farming is still the norm in Africa, but agriculture is the 
key to changing its economic fortunes

Africa is a world apart but as in Canada, farming is increasingly being recognized as a key driver of economic growth. “There’s no other way to fight poverty than to create wealth,” South African farmer Theo de Jager told an international gathering of farm journalists here last month. “And there’s no other sector in this […] Read more

In the early days, grain from growing projects was bagged and sacks were shipped in boxcars before going overseas. In 2008, Ottawa dropped its rule requiring government funds to be used to buy food grown in Canada. This allowed the Foodgrains Bank to sell grain here and buy food closer to the areas where it provides food assistance.

Call to help the hungry generated huge response from farmers

Forty years ago, farmers in Western Canada responded to a call to help people who were hungry in the developing world — and the organization that would become the Canadian Foodgrains Bank was born. The call was issued by Mennonite Central Committee, headquartered in Manitoba and it was farmers from that province and neighbouring Saskatchewan who donated […] Read more





The generosity and commitment of Canadian Foodgrains Bank growing project participants is outstanding, says Terence Barg (right), shown here with Ken Pohl, organizer of the Farming with Horses growing project (and owner of this vintage John Deere-Van Brunt seed drill).

Group wants to help new farmers find success

The Canadian Foodgrains Bank enjoyed another year of stellar support from Albertans — and every dollar of the $2.6 million raised in the province in 2015 was put to good use. “There is a lot of need,” said Terence Barg, one of the Foodgrains Bank’s two co-ordinators in Alberta. The organization, a partnership of 15 […] Read more

Foodgrains Bank launches African Drought Appeal

With millions of people in southern Africa and Ethiopia facing extreme drought this year, Canadian Foodgrains Bank is asking Canadians to donate to its African Drought Appeal. The prolonged drought, which affects about 14 million people in southern Africa, and another 10 million in Ethiopia, is a consequence of the most powerful El Niño event […] Read more