Global Food Initiative supports soybean consultation in Africa, community garden in Illinois




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With a grant of $2,500, the Church of the Brethren Global Food Initiative (GFI) is supporting a soybean consultation and exchange visit between Ekklesiyar Yan’uwa a Nigeria (EYN, the Church of the Brethren in Nigeria) and Church Aid Inc. in Liberia. Another recent grant of $1,000 supports a community gardening initiative of Rockford (Ill.) Community Church of the Brethren.

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Soybean consultation

The GFI grant supports the travel of two EYN representatives from Nigeria to Monrovia, Liberia, this month. The representatives are accompanied by the current president of the BEST group, an organization of EYN members who are also businesspeople, whose costs will be covered by BEST. While in Liberia the EYN representatives planned to attend a conference of Church Aid Inc. and engage in field visits and training activities to build on EYN’s experience with soy production and knowledge gained from an October 2016 trip to Ghana with GFI manager Jeff Boshart and Dennis Thompson of the Soybean Innovation Laboratory.

Rockford garden project

The GFI allocation supports community gardens being planned by the Rockford Community Church in northern Illinois. Plans call for two gardens to be established, one on the church property and another in a neighborhood where the church and other community partners have been working for some time. Technical support will come from Illinois Cooperative Extension staff.

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