Canadian Foodgrains Bank Inviting Applications for Nicaragua Food Security Learning Tour
Canadian Foodgrains Bank is inviting applications for a February 18-March 4, 2016 learning tour to Nicaragua focused on the link between hunger and small-scale farmers. Tour participants will visit Foodgrains Bank projects and learn firsthand about issues surrounding global hunger and the people whose lives it affects. They will then be encouraged to become advocates upon returning to their home communities.
“By providing an opportunity for church and community leaders to meet people—many of them farmers—whose lives are affected by hunger and spend time listening to their stories, we plan to create more awareness and mobilize more Canadians to respond,” says Foodgrains Bank Public Engagement Coordinator James Kornelsen.
“The better local leaders understand global hunger, the better they will be able to talk about it in their communities back in Canada.”
The tour will provide opportunities to learn more about the causes of hunger, and the different actions that can be taken to help end global hunger.
Participants will also get a better understanding of how development programs to support small-scale farmers go a long way to reducing hunger and malnutrition.
The two-week long tour includes visits to Canadian Foodgrains Bank-supported projects, interacting with Nicaraguan farmers, meeting with government officials in Nicaragua, and visits to Nicaraguan marketplaces and shops. Foodgrains Bank member projects to be visited include Mennonite Central Committee, Presbyterian World Service & Development, and World Renew.
The cost of the tour is $2,500 and includes all airfare and in-country costs. There is for the possibility of financial support for participants of the tour upon request. The trip is open to anyone who is or who wishes to be active in their church or community, is over the age of 18, and able to travel to Nicaragua.
For more information and to apply, visit http://foodgrainsbank.ca/current-tours/ or email James Kornelsen at [email protected]