Sunday, October 16 marked World Food Day.
When it comes to the global food crisis an estimated 345 million people live with food insecurity.
The Canadian Foodgrains bank is a Christian Response to hunger.
Through the foodbank, farmers take part in local growing projects with proceeds being donated to the Canadian Foodgrains Bank to help feed the worlds hungry.
Those projects generally see farmers donate their time, land and machinery to put in and harvest the crops. Some farm equipment dealers will donate time on their equipment, while ag input companies tend to step up with crop inputs.
In 2021-22, individual Canadians, community groups, growing projects, businesses and churches helped raise over $18 million
Included in that total $4.5 million dollars from Manitoban's with $2.2 million coming from community growing projects.
Albertan's contributed $3.9 million dollars in total with $2.2 million coming from community growing projects.
and In Saskatchewan $1.9 million dollars was donated with $over 728 thousand dollars coming through community growing projects.
Canada is a key player in feeding the world.
Stats show that Manitoba's top protein and crop exports for 2021 included canola and products, pork and products, wheat and flour, potatoes and products, soybeans and products, oats and products, live swine, barley and malt, live cattle and dried peas.
In 2021, Saskatchewan's agricultural exports were worth $17.5 billion. Leading agri-food export commodities in 2021 continue to be canola seed, canola oil, non-durum wheat, lentils, durum and dry peas, with top international market destinations including the United States, China, Japan and Mexico.
Alberta exports of agricultural and food products in 2021 reached a record $14.1 billion, up 8.5 per cent from 2020.