The Canadian Foodgrains Bank is making a difference when it comes to a vision for a world without hunger.

Resients of Malawi say agroecology transforms their communities, said the foodgrains bank co-ordinator in Nova Scotia, Brenda Leenders.

“The Canadian Foodgrains Bank is a complex organization with a big vision for a world without hunger,” said Leenders in a news release.

Canadian Foodgrains Bank is a partnership of 15 churches and church agencies working together to end global hunger. In the 2013-14 budget year, the foodgrains bank provided $42 million of assistance for 1.2 million people in 42 countries. Canadian Foodgrains Bank projects are undertaken with matching support from the government of Canada. Assistance from the foodgrains bank is provided through its member agencies, which get matching funds through their accounts in the foodgrains bank for programs implemented by local partners in the developing world.

“As Nova Scotia co-ordinators, we get so many questions about how the organization works in Canada and around the world, and about the opportunities we offer, that it’s hard to fit it all into the usual evening presentation. In response, we have organized a day to delve into your questions a little deeper.”

The event is scheduled for Saturday, April 18 from 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at SLATE Youth Center, 883 Prince St. in Truro.

Part of the day includes the opportunity to hear first-hand about the impact of foodgrains bank programs overseas from two farmers from the African nation of Malawi, Maifolo Dakishoni and Rogers Msachi.

Both men work for a project of foodgrains bank member Presbyterian World Service & Development that helps local small-scale farmers to manage their soil, increase food production, and improve the nutrition of their children. This project uses a participatory farmer-to-farmer model to foster use of agroecological methods, and seeks to improve youth and farmer livelihoods and gender equality with 6,000 farming households in central and northern Malawi.

In response, we will take part in an informal learning circle to share our connection to the foodgrains bank, and brainstorm ideas about what our Maritime contribution to the foodgrains bank can look like.

“We’re excited to strengthen the Maritime presence of the foodgrains bank in this way,” said Leenders.

“It’s always more powerful when we learn, share, grow, and act together.”

ZIMENE MUMAKONDA

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