I would like to thank anyone reading this ahead of time. Please keep in mind that this is a work in progress. If you wish to skip the meat, proceed to
the ending to get the final statements. If you wish to understand it better, follow the entire document.
First off, let me say that I am in agriculture, as many of you may already know. I wish agriculture was in a better state, and I wish our product made
a difference. The sad fact is that we have an abundance of product that we cannot sell, yet people need this product around the world.
It is time our governments did something.
With this short plan, they cannot deny it. This plan is factored into the government of Canada's budget. The grain statistics come from Stats Canada.
They cannot say we cannot afford it.
With this plan, not only do we benefit our farmers, but we benefit the hungry, while maintaining our aid budget.
The plan begins now. The first section is from the 2005 budget.
CANADA’S COMMITMENT TO AFRICA
ON THE WEB: WWW.FIN.GC.CA...
Africa continues to face critical challenges, especially in the areas of health and economic development. Canada will strengthen its support for
Africa in its struggle to overcome the burden of poverty. Budget 2005 commits to doubling 2003–04 aid to Africa over the next five years. Over the
coming months, Canada will contribute to solutions for Africa through the Minister of Finance’s role in the Commission for Africa, established by
British Prime Minister, Tony Blair.
Many Africans suffer from treatable diseases because of chronic shortages of medical funding. Budget 2005 strengthens Canada’s leadership in
combating global health issues by announcing $300 million in additional funding for The Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria ($140
million), and the Global Alliance for Vaccines and Immunization (GAVI) ($160 million). These initiatives address the world’s most serious
communicable diseases—diseases that affect children most of all—and do so through innovative and effective public-private partnerships.
On January 17, the Government announced $42 million in funding to support the Global Polio Eradication Initiative (GPEI). Eighty-six per cent of the
world’s polio cases are in Africa, and Canada’s timely funding put the eradication initiative back on track toward its goal of eliminating polio,
worldwide, by the end of this year. In response to the Canadian announcement, Dr. Bruce Aylward, program director of the World Health Organization
(WHO) polio eradication program, said: "The prospects [for eradicating polio] in Africa are much more positive given this contribution from Canada."
On January 27, the United Nations Foundation presented an award to Canada in recognition of its long-established role in the fight against polio and
Canadian donations that are among the highest from contributing countries.
Total = $1,821,000,000 Dollars to Africa for 2005 / 2006
$2,760,000,000 Dollars to Africa by 2008 / 2009
This part deals with Canada's crop production.
CANADA’S CROP PRODUCTION
ON THE WEB: www40.statcan.ca...
10,125,300 hectares of Wheat will be seeded for 2005
1 hectare = 2.47105381 acres
Thus 25,020,161.142393 acres of Wheat will be seeded for 2005
If average bushels per acre of wheat = 30
750,604,834 bushels of product will be produced.
If ¼ of the product is to be donated as aid, 187,651,208 bushels will be given.
If the price is 3.00 per bushel of wheat
$ 562,953,624 Dollars of product will be donated
Goal for Africa aid: $2,760,000,000 Dollars to Africa by 2008 / 2009
Crop production number estimates: $2,251,814,502 Dollars of Wheat produced at $3.00 bushel
Now this last bit is not my point. Although we could sell an entire years worth of grain for less than the budget set for African aid.
This next section is about the Canadian FoodGrains Bank.
CANADIAN FOODGRAINS BANK
ON THE WEB: www.foodgrainsbank.ca...
How Does Canadian Foodgrains Bank Work?
Farmers can make donations of grain, corn, oilseeds, pulse crops and other agricultural commodities at most grain elevators in Canada. Livestock
producers are also active.
Many people make donations in cash, which is then used to buy additional food and to help pay shipping, bagging and transportation costs.
A recent area of growth has been community growing projects where a group of farmers, non-farmers and agri-businesses get together to farm a common
plot of land and donate the crop to the Foodgrains Bank. Last year, such projects contributed over 15,000 tonnes of grain.
In the fiscal year ending March 31, 2005, Canadian farmers responded to the hunger of others by donating over 22,000 metric tonnes of grain to the
Foodgrains Bank. The total value of this grain plus cash donations received reached $7 million last year.
The Canadian International Development Agency provides $16 million annually to match our shipments on a 4:1 basis. This greatly enhances the amount of
food and assistance we can provide.
Who Does the Canadian Foodgrains Bank Work With?
Canadian Grain Industry -- one of the unique aspects of Canadian Foodgrains Bank is its collaboration with the Canadian Wheat Board, the Ontario Wheat
Board and other grain industry organizations. These groups work with Canadian Foodgrains Bank to simplify the collection of grain and other
agricultural commodities from farmers across Canada. Annual grain donations generally range between 15,000 and 20,000 metric tonnes.
International Partners -- member agencies of Canadian Foodgrains Bank carry out food programming in developing countries by working with partner
organizations that are directly involved with local communities. All food assistance is provided solely on the basis of need without regard for creed,
race, colour, or political affiliation. The amount of food provided by Canadian Foodgrains Bank members in any given year varies, but typically falls
in the range of 40,000 to 60,000 metric tonnes annually.
Government -- the food assistance program of Canadian Foodgrains Bank is generously supported by the Government of Canada through the Canadian
International Development Agency (CIDA). CIDA provides funding to the Canadian Foodgrains Bank at a ratio of 4:1 based on our food programming, to a
maximum of $16 million, thus greatly enhancing our donors' assistance.
World Food Programme (WFP) -- on more than one occasion, Canadian Foodgrains Bank has collaborated with WFP, the food aid organization of the United
Nations. In countries such as India, Angola, Kenya and Afghanistan, WFP has swapped or lent commodities to Canadian Foodgrains Bank to achieve program
timing, location or commodity objectives. WFP is also contracted to facilitate transportation in some areas.
Canadian Universities & Schools --Canadian Foodgrains Bank collaborates with universities and schools to inform young people about the causes and
possible solutions to world hunger. This is done through World Food Day events and other awareness-building activities.
This next section contains a few facts.
FACTS ABOUT WHEAT
ON THE WEB: www.idahowheat.org...
- A single bushel of wheat will make 73 loaves of bread, or 53 boxes of cereal, or 72 pounds of tortillas.
- One acre of wheat can produce enough wheat to furnish your family with bread for nearly 10 years.
Donating ¼ of the wheat crop of 2005 would produce roughly 13,698,538,184 loaves of bread.
263,433,426 people could be given one loaf of bread a week for one year.
$562,953,624 Dollars of product would be sold by farmers.
$2,197,046,376 Dollars would be left in the 08/09 budget for other sources of aid to Africa.
At 3.00 Dollars a bushel, the entire wheat crop of Canada could be given to Africa leaving $508,185,498 Dollars in the aid to Africa budget.
At an excellent price of 6.00 Dollars a bushel for wheat ¼ of the wheat production could be donated to Africa for $1,125,907,248 leaving
$1,634,092,752 in the aid to Africa budget.
My Thoughts and Conclusion
Why isn't this being done?
-Politics. Rules. Lack of common sense?
This simple plan could help both farmers and the hungry. We recently sold wheat for $3.00 a bushel. It is not a great price, but you take what you can
get. So why can't the government kill 2 birds with 1 stone and set aside grain programs in aid budgets? 500 million dollars to get rid of 1/4 of the
wheat crop while hardly making a dent in the budget. It just makes sense.
Programs like this could get rid of the middle man programs such as CAIS that help farmers through tough situations and markets. Think of how much
money could be saved by creating markets for these grains while not needing aid programs for our own farmers.
Why does world hunger exist? As I demonstrated, we could sell our entire wheat crop and still have 500 million + dollars left over in our African aid
Are the governments truly blind?
What is holding us back?
Thank you for your time.