Courtesy of the Canadian Foodgrains Bank

Viterra donated more than $175,000 in crop inputs to raise funds for the Canadian Foodgrains Bank.  This will support 50 growing projects across Western Canada.  "One of the things that we really value here at the Canadian Foodgrains Bank is all the corporate support we get from the so many agro businesses and this includes Viterra, which is a very generous supporter of the growing projects which raise money  for those in the developing world who don't have enough to eat," explains John Longhurst, Communications Director at Canadian Foodgrains Bank.

Viterra's donation will help growing projects across the prairies to grow food as well as keep the expenses down, so even more money raised can be sent overseas. "These growing projects are where people get together in the community to farm a piece of land, either rented or donated, and this land then is seeded and fertilized and treated. Then in fall people get together and have a harvest day and they harvest the crop and then take it to the elevator and sell it. The money is then donated to the Canadian Foodgrains Bank,"  says Longhurst.  

The donation will allow growing projects over Manitoba, Saskatchewan and Alberta to seed over 8,000 acres of wheat, durum, barley, canola and flax.  

Last year, the Foodgrains Bank approved 116 projects worth $44 million in order help two million people in 36 countries. Over $15 million of that total went to the struggling countries of Ethiopia, Kenya and Somalia