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The World Trade Organization (WTO) headquarters in Geneva, Switzerland on Oct. 28, 2020. (Photo: Reuters/Denis Balibouse)

Ban on food aid restrictions blocked at WTO

WTO says outcome 'disappointing' in difficult year

Geneva | Reuters — World Trade Organization members were at odds on Friday over a proposal that would ban countries from restricting food aid deliveries, potentially complicating the response to a feared COVID-fuelled humanitarian catastrophe next year. The proposal was one of two related to the pandemic that failed to make headway at a three-day […] Read more



The United Nations’ General Assembly Hall in Manhattan. (BWZenith/iStock/Getty Images)

World Food Program seeking billions within six months to avert famine

Pandemic may double hunger worldwide, agency says

London | Reuters — The United Nations World Food Program (WFP) will need to raise US$6.8 billion over the next six months to avert famine amid the COVID-19 crisis, the agency said on Tuesday. The WFP, which was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize last week for its efforts to prevent the use of hunger as […] Read more



The Newell Foodgrains Growing Project is one of three dozen in Alberta this year — although this group should be counted three times. It raised $2,500 in donations this spring when a horse-drawn seeder was used to plant four acres near Rosemary. Another 100 acres of barley were conventionally planted near Gem. In late August, 15 farmers brought their combines to harvest the 103-bushel-an-acre crop, which was sold for a very handsome $7.38 per bushel (raising nearly $76,000). Then the group raised more than $43,000 (and counting) at a harvest supper at the end of October.

Stories that touch the heart — and generate a big response

Reading Time: 3 minutes The world has got a little smaller for some Alberta farmers. And that’s a good thing. Alberta farm communities continue to be huge supporters of the Canadian Foodgrains Bank — raising more than $2.6 million last year. One of the foundations of that support has been “food study tours,” where farmers (who pay their travel […] Read more


A trip to Ethiopia, as part of a Canadian Foodgrains Bank learning tour, was eye-opening for Alberta agronomist Lindsey Cowan.

Hope and heartache in drought-stricken Ethiopia

Reading Time: 3 minutes When Lindsey Cowan went to Ethiopia in early February, she expected to find subsistence farmers eking out a meagre living on lands that haven’t seen rain in the past two growing seasons. She expected to find poverty, famine, and drought. But she didn’t expect to find joy amidst it all. “Everyone was running around with […] Read more