REGINA, SASKATCHEWAN, CANADA — Viterra Canada Inc. will provide land around five of its grain terminals in the provinces of Alberta and Saskatchewan to the Canadian Foodgrains Bank in a partnership entering its seventh consecutive year.
Viterra terminals in Stettler and Trochu in Alberta along with Viterra terminals in Balgonie, Grenfell and Raymore in Saskatchewan totaling 184 acres are being seeded on behalf of the Foodgrains Bank.
The plots of land are used by farmers who volunteer their time, expertise and resources to grow crops and raise funds for the Foodgrains Bank's hunger response projects around the world. Some projects operate as growing projects, and others are farmed by nearby volunteers who work on the extra acres as part of their own operations. Once harvested, the proceeds from the sale of the crops are donated to the Foodgrains Bank.
"We're proud to continue our longstanding partnership with the Foodgrains Bank and support the important work they do around the world through various food security initiatives," said Kyle Jeworski, CEO for Viterra North America. "As an essential service our focus is on connecting our customers to global markets, and we're pleased to help the Foodgrains Bank provide assistance to those in need through our asset network."
Hunger response projects through the Foodgrains Bank include both humanitarian response projects that help people affected by conflicts and natural disaster as well as development projects that help lift people out of poverty in the longer-term, often by providing conservation agricultural training.
"We're grateful for Viterra and their sustained sponsorship over the past seven years," said Andy Harrington, executive director of Foodgrains Bank. "And with a hunger crisis gripping the world, their contribution is more necessary than ever before."