Foods Resource Bank Blog

Dusuba's new house! …evidence of SILC Success

Like most others in the village of Gberia Timbakor, Dusuba struggled to meet her family’s necessities––food, shelter, and education. With a husband and six children, her small rice and groundnut farm was not enough to meet those needs. That is, until she joined a SILC group through FRB's Sierra Leone-Koinadugu program. Now, she says, she has overcome all of her obstacles.

08/14/2013 | Comments: 0 | Add Comment | Read More

Culturally relevant agribusiness for smallholder farmers in Sierra Leone

The Sierra Leone-West program is a business-oriented poverty-reduction initiative of World Hope International (WHI) in conjunction with FRB. The program works with smallholder farmers in Sierra Leone to develop sustainable, culturally relevant agribusiness enterprises at the village level, such as growing and selling mangoes and pineapples to a local juice processor.

Communities in the program area are exceedingly vulnerable. Lack of employment among men and women of working age causes poverty. Lack of capital to cultivate food creates food insecurity.

08/02/2013 | Comments: 0 | Add Comment | Read More

Learning Meetings Inspire Greater Care for Neighbors in Uganda

Recently, a guest participant at a learning meeting FRB hosted in June 2013 in Uganda shared the following with FRB staff: 

"Our church has a ministry for women living with HIV AIDS in which we helped decrease stigma and help them openly declare their status. This has encouraged other people in the community to go for testing and counseling, starting retroviral drugs and living in positive lifestyles for their own safety. 

07/26/2013 | Comments: 0 | Add Comment | Read More

Guatemala - Totonicapan-Nebaj Program Prayer Request

Dear Friends of FRB, 

We wanted to share some sad news with all of you.  We recently received an update from our partner in the Guatemala Totonicapan-Nebaj program, CIEDEG, that Margarita Hermoso, the woman who a group of FRB visitors built a greenhouse with, passed away last week.

CIEDEG staff said that she had been ill for some time and recently passed away. They are not sure what her illness was as she had tried to get medical attention,

07/24/2013 | Comments: 0 | Add Comment | Read More

Djibo's dreams come true in West Africa

A few years ago, Djibo and his family shared some of their dreams with a visitor. "I hope one day to have a cell phone and a motorcycle, and that our community group can do trickle irrigation," said Djibo. His wives added, "We hope our group can get a mill so we don't have to pound millet all day long." 

Since then, some of these dreams have become reality. Djibo bought a cell phone, which can mean the difference between safety and danger in remote communities, and helps him stay abreast of market pricing and more. Last January, Djibo’s community put in a solar-powered trickle irrigation system. They've begun planting vegetables, including onions and tomatoes, using this new system.

07/22/2013 | Comments: 0 | Add Comment | Read More

In Kenya, communities build sand dams to address water needs

Pastor Matayo is a community leader in FRB’s Kenya Ngong-Intashat program who was involved in sand dam construction across a seasonal river, from start to finish. The program’s goal is to increase food security by making water more available for household use, livestock and agriculture.

07/19/2013 | Comments: 0 | Add Comment | Read More

Nonprofit plants corn for Bridgewater, SD farmer

BRIDGEWATER — Kenton and Autumn Hofer are no strangers to helping others.
Kenton Hofer has built a house on a mission trip to Guatemala, and the Bridgewater couple donate crops to Foods Resource Bank, a Christian organization that takes money from donated crops and turns it into grant funds for agricultural development.

So in February, when Kenton knew he’d need a bone marrow transplant, they went online and filled out an application to receive assistance from Farm Aid, a nonprofit organization that rallies volunteers to provide planting and harvesting assistance to farmers who have experienced major injury, illness or disaster.

07/17/2013 | Comments: 0 | Add Comment | Read More

In The Gambia, a sustainable approach is the key to finishing well

As FRB’s multi-phase micro-gardening program in The Gambia comes to a close, participants will be able to carry on confidently with the help of a program-trained Private Service Provider (PSP). The program’s overall goal has been to enhance and sustain the livelihoods of at-risk people in peri-urban and urban areas of The Gambia by promoting soilless, organic, tabletop vegetable production using local resources.

07/12/2013 | Comments: 0 | Add Comment | Read More

FRB growing project in SW Michigan raises over one million dollars in ten years of “growing lasting solutions to hunger”

A passionate collaborative effort by six local churches and volunteers has helped a local Foods Resource Bank (FRB) Growing Project exceed $1 Million in proceeds for overseas food security. 

After 10 years of harvesting crops for the Foods Resource Bank through the partnership with growers and volunteers, the Kalamazoo County-Calhoun County growing project has raised $1,007,018 for world hunger by 2013. 

07/11/2013 | Comments: 0 | Add Comment | Read More

In Nicaragua, communities and visitors build bread ovens together

Several travelers – FRB board members and staff, university students, and growing project participants – recently traveled to Nicaragua to live and work with participants in FRB’s Nicaragua-Farmer program. The visitors, side by side with community members, built fuel-efficient bread ovens. They carried bricks and water significant distances to the worksites, plunged their hands into a mixture of local materials (different types of soil, horse manure, glue from inside the bark of the guásimo [WA see mo] tree), and helped to complete four brick ovens with the local families.

07/10/2013 | Comments: 0 | Add Comment | Read More