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PRESS RELEASE NO. 18
Partner in World’s Leading Foodgrains Bank
Together to Fight Hunger and Poverty
WINNIPEG, Canada, 25 July
2003 – Canadian
Lutheran World Relief (CLWR) teams up with 12 other Canadian
agencies to make the Canadian Foodgrains Bank one of the largest
private food aid providers in the world with more than 800,000
metric tons of grains annually. The goal of this initiative is to
enable Canadians, working through the agencies and their respective
overseas partners, to fight hunger and poverty, according to Jim
Cornelius, the bank’s executive director.
CLWR officials told
visitors from the Tenth Assembly of the Lutheran World Federation (LWF)
that church members, including farmers and school children,
participate enthusiastically in this program.
Farmers donate up to
20,000 tons of grains every year through their community growing
efforts, according to Richard Philips, CLWR communications director.
A farmer may donate land, others may pitch in with machinery and
other inputs, while urban people raise money toward shipping, he
Other farmers, church
members and the public send grain to major collection centers and
deposit cash donations into designated accounts of Canadian church
agencies or into a general account, which can be used by all
members. For every dollar they raise, the Canadian International
Development Agency gives four dollars, Philips said.
School children learn and
show what it means to be displaced in a civil war, to live in
constant fear of being abducted or killed, or to be a victim of
drought or floods. This way the spirit of helping the less
advantaged will be kept alive from generation to generation,
according to Philips.
Church agencies working
with CLRW in the Canadian Foodgrains Bank include the Adventist
Relief and Development Agency, Canadian Baptist Ministries,
Christian and Missionary Alliance in Canada, Christian Reformed
World Relief Committee, Evangelical Missionary Church of Canada,
Mennonite Central Committee, Nazarene Compassionate Ministries,
Pentecostal Assemblies of Canada, Presbyterian World Service and
Development, the Salvation Army, United Church of Canada and World
work with their overseas partners to develop projects and then draw
out resources or equity from their "accounts" to support
the projects, which include food aid, seed distribution, food
security and complementary nutrition activities.
According to guidelines,
the bank favors aid that "appropriately addresses immediate
needs and contributes towards long-term food security."
appropriately, with actions to avoid negative outcomes such as
dependency, "food aid helps to protect productive assets and
reduce further impoverishment – a first step toward investment to
Food security funds are
used to support activities other than food aid and seed
distribution. The bank’s approach to food security includes the
promotion of agricultural research and extension built on indigenous
knowledge and the recognition of the central role of women in most
The CLWR is the service
delivery arm for overseas development programming and relief for the
Evangelical Lutheran Church in Canada and Lutheran Church-Canada.
CLWR works with community-based organizations in Africa, Asia, Latin
America and the Middle East through partnership with local
non-governmental organizations, churches and the LWF.
Assembly of the Lutheran World Federation (LWF) is taking place
21-31 July 2003 in Winnipeg, Canada, under the theme "For the
Healing of the World." It is being hosted by the Evangelical
Lutheran Church in Canada (ELCIC).
There are around 820 men, women and youth participants in the Tenth
Assembly including 380 delegates from the
133 churches with full membership and three associate members. The Assembly is the highest
decision-making body of the LWF, and meets normally every six years.
Between Assemblies, the LWF is governed by its Council that meets
annually, and by its Executive Committee.
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