The in-kind donations, which include seed, fertilizer and crop protection products, will be used to plant a wide variety of crops such as wheat, durum, barley, canola and flax this year. A total of 5,400 acres will be seeded as a result of Viterra's contribution this year.
Once harvested, the growing projects will sell the crops and send the proceeds to the Foodgrains Bank, which will use the money to provide food, agricultural assistance and nutrition programs in the developing world.
"As a global food ingredients company, Viterra understands and recognizes the need to lend its ongoing support to organizations such as the Foodgrains Bank that provide agricultural assistance worldwide. We are proud to be partnered with them in the fight against global hunger, and commend the volunteers in communities across Western Canada who participate by growing healthy crops," said Mayo Schmidt, Viterra's president and chief executive officer.
Since 2001, Viterra has donated in excess of C$600,000 in crop inputs to support Foodgrains Bank growing projects.