Teaming up to fight global hunger
| Date: 20/09/2018
Demonstrating our commitment to UN SDG 2: Zero Hunger, our Canadian business Viterra has again teamed up with the Canadian Foodgrains Bank (CFGB) to help ease world hunger.
Established in 1983, the CFGB supports international programmes that meet immediate food requirements, reduce malnutrition and achieve sustainable food security in areas of need.
One of the ways the CFGB achieves this is through ‘growing’ projects across Canada. The organisation partners with local producers who farm land that has been offered to the CFGB. Once harvest is complete, the proceeds of the sale of the crops are donated to the CFGB to support its food assistance programmes.
After last year’s successful pilot project volunteering 42 acres of land to farm at its terminals in Stettler, Alberta and Balgonie, Saskatchewan Viterra has now provided CFGB with nearly 400 acres of land.
Kyle Jeworski, President and CEO for Viterra North America, says that as well as providing land, Viterra will provide a donation of $5 for each tonne of crops donated through one of its 68 grain elevators in Western Canada.
“We’re proud to continue our longstanding partnership with the Canadian Foodgrains Bank and support the important work they do around the world.
“As a leading grain handler and marketer, we’re pleased to support the great work the Foodgrains Bank does in creating awareness about global hunger and trying to alleviate it in countries of need around the world.”
Jim Cornelius, Executive Director of CFGB, says accessing Viterra’s network allows the organisation to tap into a large customer base and communicate its important message.
We are excited by this opportunity to team up with Viterra to help people who are hungry, s a long-standing supporter, Viterra has provided valuable help to our community growing projects for many years. Our partnership not only helps us raise more funds, but also raise awareness about the issue of global hunger when people deliver crops to the terminals.”
“We are excited by this opportunity to team up with Viterra to help people who are hungry,” he says. “As a long-standing supporter, Viterra has provided valuable help to our community growing projects for many years. Our partnership not only helps us raise more funds, but also raise awareness about the issue of global hunger when people deliver crops to the terminals.”
With support from the Canadian government, in 2016/17 the Foodgrains Bank provided $41.3 million through 127 projects in 35 countries, benefiting over 920,000 people. $25.1 million was committed for food assistance programming, $13 million for agriculture and livelihoods programming and $3 million for nutrition programming.
Foodgrains Bank provided $41.3 million through: