Farmers for Farmers
As a farmer, you probably wish you could give your help direct to poor families overseas. No middle man. No ‘overheads’. Just your grain on a ship to Africa or Asia.
Sadly, transport costs, custom duties and good development practice make this an impractical and inefficient way to help.
The good news is you can now help farmer to farmer through ALWS!
It’s easy. Simply transfer a portion of your harvest to ALWS, using the National Grower Register (NGR) system. ALWS will sell the grain donated by you and other Australian farmers, and use the proceeds to directly help farmers in ALWS-supported projects in countries like Cambodia, Burundi and South Sudan.
Your grain will generate farm essentials like improved seed varieties, basic farm tools, Farmer Field Schools in agricultural techniques, farm-start loans for rice-farming or vegetable-growing or raising pigs/chickens/ducks/even fish!
ALWS Farmers for Farmers means your grain helps others grow!
What to do next
1. As you manage your grain in your bulk handler, simply transfer an amount to ALWS. You can do this at the silo using the ALWS NGR # (below) OR on-line using a ‘Warehouse to Warehouse’ grain transfer form from your bulk handler.
ALWS NGR #: 13363329
‘Buyer’ name: ALWS
Address:PO Box 488
Albury NSW 2640
Phone: 02 6021 5329
FAX: 02 6021 4504
Contact: Chris Elies
2. Your grain will be combined with that from other generous Australian farmers, and sold for the best return immediately after harvest.
3. Proceeds will support ALWS projects directly helping farmers in some of the world’s poorest countries, like Cambodia, Nepal, Mozambique, Burundi and South Sudan.
4. ALWS will report back at the end of the Financial Year on prices realised, and farmers helped by the projects you support through Farmers for Farmers. Please note – donations of grain are not tax-deductible.
Read more in the ALWS Farmers for Farmers Disclosure Document here.
What you achieve
SEEDS & CROPS
In Mozambique, you can provide farmers with improved seed varieties like cabbage, onions, beans, sweet potato, cassava and matuba maize. Training helps increase food production.
Investment needed for 10 farmers @ $30 each: 1 tonne wheat
Sponsor 13 day of Farmer Field School (delivered over 4 months) in Cambodia. Up to 30 farmers are trained in animal husbandry, new plant varieties, managing insect pests and plant disease, plus soil enrichment.
To provide one school costs $171: 1 tonne barley
Offer women in Nepal small loans to start farm businesses. Ducks, chickens, goats and pigs are popular. Rice-farming and vegetable gardens provide food and extra income.
Loans average $50 so for 10 farmers: 1 tonne canola
“Before the Lutheran came here, we used to cultivate just cereal. We had 'no idea how to grow vegetables or raise livestock. We had nothing to sell. Now we grow so much. In winter there is cauliflower, cow-peas, cabbage, pigeon-peas, radish and lentils. In summer there will be pumpkin, okra, tomato and sweet-corn. I have also harvested 150 kgs of potatoes. Sometimes we even have excess to sell in the local market. I want to say thank you to the people in Australia who support us. I am very happy and give you many, many thanks. This is the greatest religion when there are people who are helpful and co-operative and care about families like ours. If we can we will also support other people who are in difficulties.”
Chanakala Poudyal, Banke District Nepal
The farmers you help
You will help farmers who may work less than one hectare of land. Often this is the poorest land in their community. Farmers have minimal farming knowledge or tools. They and their families regularly face a ‘hunger gap’ of up to four months each year when food produced by their harvest runs out.
Your help for farmers will be hands-on and practical. Pheng Rin from Krovanh in Cambodia, learnt composting, planting in holes, using animal manure as fertiliser for his egg-plants, from an ALWS-supported Farmer Field School. He says “Now our yield is much bigger than before.”
Your help is given regardless of nationality, religion, gender or politics, without discrimination, and is delivered within broader integrated development projects.
“May I commend the chance to help farmers in places like South Sudan through the ALWS Farmers for Farmers scheme. It is far better that South Sudan, as the newest nation in the world, build capacity to meet domestic food demand than have thousands on the move across borders, due to starvation…I have recently been to South Sudan and have no hesitation in commending ALWS and Farmers for Farmers, in short please give grain so others can grow!”
Tim Fischer AC (Former deputy Prime Minister and Envoy to Eritrea and South Sudan, continuing Envoy to Bhutan) Boree Creek, NSW
“I wish my children to become farmers like me. I tell them it is farming that has made us strong like our family is now... I am thankful to the Lutherans for what they have already done to help us.”
Andre Ndike, Kiruhura, Burundi
Your partner - ALWS
You can be certain your help is effective because ALWS (Australian Lutheran World Service) has more than 60 years of experience helping people in need. ALWS is fully accredited by the Australian Government, and is a signatory to the ACFID (Australian Council for International Development) Code of Conduct. You can also be sure of efficiency. Over the last six years ALWS has averaged an ‘overheads’ rate of 10%, as defined by the ACFID Code of Conduct.
In 2012 over one million people received help through ALWS.
To find out more about ALWS, contact:
www.alws.org.au * 1300 763 407
Australian Lutheran World Service (ALWS) is The Overseas Aid & Resettlement Agency of the Lutheran Church of Australia – ABN 36 660 551 871. The examples show the kind of help you give. Should more money be raised through Farmers for Farmers than needed, those funds will be used for similar work in other areas.