CANADA – For the ninth year, Viterra Canada has partnered with the Canadian Foodgrains Bank to provide sustenance to those in need worldwide. 

This ambitious initiative involves allocating 267 acres of land surrounding five of Viterra’s grain terminals in Alberta and Saskatchewan. 

These vast expanses will be dedicated to cultivating crops destined for the Foodgrains Bank’s humanitarian efforts, underscoring the significant scale of our commitment to combat global food insecurity.

Under this partnership, local farmers volunteer their expertise, time, and resources to grow crops as part of community-led projects or as an extension of their farming activities. 

Once harvested, the proceeds from the sale of these crops are channeled towards supporting local partner organizations worldwide, which are actively engaged in alleviating hunger.

The participating Viterra terminals in Lethbridge and Trochu, Alberta, and Balgonie, Grenfell, and Raymore, Saskatchewan symbolize the commodity trader’s unwavering commitment to this cause for the ninth consecutive year. 

Beyond providing land, Viterra will contribute US$5 for every tonne of crops donated to the Foodgrains Bank through its grain elevators across Western Canada, demonstrating our long-term dedication to combating global food insecurity.

Kyle Jeworski, CEO of Viterra Canada, expressed pride in the enduring partnership, stating, “For nearly a decade, we’ve been proudly supporting the Canadian Foodgrains Bank and its focus on fighting food insecurity in key regions worldwide. I’d like to thank our employees and farmers who will be involved in this year’s growing projects for their time and dedication to this important cause.

A Christian response to world hunger 

The Canadian Foodgrains Bank, comprising a coalition of 15 churches and church agencies, operates to eradicate hunger.

In the fiscal year 2022-23, the organization provided US$79.8 million in aid, benefiting 1.1 million individuals across 36 countries, with substantial support from the Canadian government.

Projects facilitated by the Canadian Foodgrains Bank encompass immediate humanitarian responses to crises and long-term development initiatives to bolster resilience and reduce vulnerability to hunger. 

Such endeavors often include training in conservation agriculture methods to enhance agricultural sustainability.

Andy Harrington, Executive Director of the Foodgrains Bank, underscored the significance of such collaborations, particularly amid global food insecurity challenges, stating, “With 783 million people globally experiencing hunger, and places like Sudan experiencing crisis levels of food insecurity, the contribution of Canadian organizations toward this mission of ending hunger is vitally important.

Harrington expressed gratitude for Viterra’s ongoing support, emphasizing the pivotal role of partnerships like these in advancing the shared goal of eradicating hunger globally. 

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