Meet Ephream Kalindera, a farmer from the village of Mundiba in the Democratic Republic of Congo.
Ephream was once able to support his wife and 7 children with his abundant land. In most recent years, due to disease of his major cash crops – banana and cassava – his yield was merely a fraction of what it was years before. Ephream was not able to provide for even himself and his granddaughter.
Something had to change.
In early 2017, Communaute Baptiste au Centre de l’Afrique (with funding from World Relief Canada and the Canadian Foodgrains Bank) started a food security program in this region, which included Ephream’s village. He was elated to discover that the program would focus on growing banana and cassava.
Ephream used the conservation agriculture techniques he was taught to work the land, properly spacing and planting varieties of disease-resistant banana and cassava. Planted at only 1 foot tall, his crops are now as tall as him!
“My bananas are producing bunches again! We have been food secure for 8 months a year. Life is more secure”, Ephream expresses.
My Virtual Acre provides small-scale farmers, just like Ephream, with the agricultural training, seeds and supplies, and financial security necessary for their land to flourish.
For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you invited me in. Matthew 25:35 (NIV).