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Bread for the World joins global network of farmers in ending hunger

Anti-hunger group, Food Resource Bank encourage support for small farmers

November 26, 2012

WASHINGTON

Bread for the World (BFW) has joined the Food Resource Bank (FRB) in supporting international communities as they address hunger and poverty through agricultural development.

A Christian response to world hunger, the FRB engages volunteers to raise money for smallholder agriculture, often in the most remote and poorest regions of the world.

“It is ironic that seventy-five percent of the world’s one billion hungry people are farmers,” said the Rev. David Beckmann, president of BFW. “However, we can make a difference. The key is supporting these farmers in their efforts to grow enough to feed themselves and their families and have a viable position in the marketplace.”

Bread for the World and the FRB encourage Christians to ask members of Congress to support investments in small land-holder farmers around the world and to join other efforts to reduce hunger.

As part of the partnership, Bread for the World and the FRB have produced a new farming and hunger discussion guide, titled, “How a Global Network of Farmers Can Help End Hunger.” The guide helps readers understand the importance of smallholder farmers in the fight against hunger, and it provides a roadmap for taking action.

“Bread for the World has long believed that fighting hunger and malnutrition around the world requires a comprehensive approach that focuses on smallholder farmers and country-led rural development,” added Rev. Beckmann.

“We are thankful to the FRB for actively leading this initiative and pray that more Christians will do their part to make a difference in the lives of hungry and poor people around the world.”

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