Foods Resource Bank Blog

2014: The Fight Against Climate Change and Hunger Continue

The year in the humanitarian world? It ends with agencies scrambling to respond to another typhoon in the Philippines (luckily not as severe as last year's but still plenty worrisome), as well as bravely continuing work in the ongoing Syrian refugee crisis.

What 2014 has principally been, though, is a year of constant and churning problems, in which the challenges of climate change and food security (the availability and access to food) became more acute and ever-more clear.

12/11/2014 | Comments: 0 | Add Comment | Read More

Water in Nicaragua

During a recent trip to Nicaragua, an FRB group met an amazing woman named Zaira. During the recent drought she carried two five gallon buckets up and down very, very steep hills.

12/10/2014 | Comments: 0 | Add Comment | Read More

Giving Tuesday

After Black Friday, Small Business Saturday and Cyber Monday... we finally come to Giving Tuesday. It's simple and easy to get your credit card or check book out and make a donation. Lots of good work gets done with the strength of many small donations.

At FRB, our success is built on relationships. On long term commitments. On passion. On this Giving Tuesday I challenge you

12/02/2014 | Comments: 0 | Add Comment | Read More

Working with hunger program brings farmer peace

DES MOINES — Conrad farmer Arlyn Schipper said participating in the Foods Resource Bank has given him peace in his soul.

Schipper, who is FRB executive committee vice chairman, shared what his organization is doing on a local and international level at last month's Iowa Hunger Summit in Des Moines.

"I'm here to talk about a organization I'm so proud of,

12/02/2014 | Comments: 0 | Add Comment | Read More

Conservation Agriculture Webinar Available!

What is conservation agriculture (CA)? How does it work? 

The UN's Food and Agricultural Organization describes conversation agriculture as: a concept for resource-saving agricultural crop production that strives to achieve acceptable profits together with high and sustained production levels while concurrently conserving the environment.

In the recorded webinar, MCC staff based in Southern and Eastern Africa share

10/29/2014 | Comments: 0 | Add Comment | Read More

An FRB/4H partnership in Fremont, MI helps farmers overseas

The Fremont area Foods Resource Bank (FRB) Growing Project, in partnership with the John Deere Foundation (JDF) and local 4-H clubs, has been honored to have Lydia Breen (Ensley/Newaygo Co. 4-H) and Brendan Carroll (Grant Livestock 4-H) join them in “growing lasting solutions to world hunger.” 

The purpose of this collaboration, new in 2014,is to encourage agricultural learning among 4-H youth and to teach them about the development work FRB carries out overseas to help reduce world hunger.

10/18/2014 | Comments: 0 | Add Comment | Read More

Celebrate World Food Day with FRB and Bread for the World!

805 million people are undernourished globally. The world’s farmers can help.

Join @FRBfarmers, @Bread4theWorld and @WorldFoodPrize for a Twitter town hall to learn how advocates and farmers can work together to #EndHungerNow! Tune in at 11 am CT on Thursday, October 16. 

10/13/2014 | Comments: 0 | Add Comment | Read More

You're Invited! Enabling a Well-Fed World Event this Sunday in IA

Newsletter: 

Enabling a Well-Fed World: Building Networks, Empowering People, Nurturing the Earth

Whether in Iowa or Ethiopia, farmers face many of the same challenges – climate change, access to land, rising costs of production, and the ability to provide a safe and healthy food to a growing population.

10/10/2014 | Comments: 0 | Add Comment | Read More

Indigenous communities in Mexico work to become self sustaining

In spite of the devastating loss of incomes due to coffee rust and severe drought in the region, hardworking participants in the seven communities of FRB’s Mexico-Chiapas program are managing to produce food for home consumption and sale for income. The program has supplied families with 750-liter water tanks in order to collect rooftop water whenever it does rain.

Doña Angélica said the first rains this year were few and sparse but she was able to fill her tank easily. Afterward, there was a period of 20 days without rain but, she said with joy,

10/07/2014 | Comments: 0 | Add Comment | Read More

In Kenya, paper briquettes recycle waste and create income

In FRB’s Kenya-Ndeiya program, making charcoal briquettes out of waste paper and other materials has become a solution to the scarcity of firewood, and a “green” source of income for many families. The Kenyan government has restricted thecutting of trees in an attempt to halt massive deforestation in the country, yet most people have no choice but to cook over open fires or on small wood-burning stoves.

A recent workshop demonstrated a creative way to make alternative fuel

10/03/2014 | Comments: 0 | Add Comment | Read More