The Global Food Crisis Fund (GFCF) of the Church of the Brethren has given a grant of $35,000 to support the agricultural work of Eglise des Freres Haitiens, the Church of the Brethren in Haiti. This grant is in addition to three previous grants to the project. This is the fourth year for the agriculture program, which was planned to last five years as a post-disaster response effort following the earthquake that devastated Haiti in 2010.
This allocation for the agriculture efforts of the Haitian Brethren will provide funding for 19 “mini-projects” ranging from animal raising and crop production projects for rural communities, to value-added food projects for urban communities such as sales of fruit drinks and peanut butter.
The project’s new budget reflects an increased emphasis on training seminars, said the grant request. Of note is the addition of a new member on the project’s staff, whose focus will be on strengthening the work with women in urban areas of Haiti.
Grants were given to this project in 2012 and in 2014. With this year’s allocation, a total of $171,000 has been given by the GFCF to the Haiti agriculture project. Find out more about the work of the GFCF at www.brethren.org/gfcf .