NEARLY ONE PERSON IN NINE IN THE WORLD DOESN’T GET ENOUGH TO EAT, AND OVER HALF OF THEM ARE FARMERS.
Surprised? Farmers with small plots in the developing world (most of whom are women) often struggle to grow enough food to feed their families, let alone have enough surplus to sell. Despite hard work, they must deal with climate change, degraded soil and other challenges.
To alleviate global hunger, we need to assist small-scale farmers. Yet Canada’s support for international agricultural development is falling. It’s a troubling trend that requires us to speak out and take action.
The Canadian Foodgrains Bank and its member agencies, including Canadian Baptist Ministries, are launching the Good Soil campaign to encourage our government to Canada to strengthen support for farmers in the developing world. It’s all part of our joint effort as church-based agencies working together to end global hunger.
Besides helping to alleviate poverty, supporting agricultural development has numerous other benefits. It helps stimulate economic growth, provides greater opportunities for women, supports physical and intellectual development of children due to increased nutrition, and promotes environmental sustainability.
We need you to become part of the Good Soil Campaign. Tell our government that Canada needs to strengthen support for farmers in the developing world.