Food Security Learning Tour, India, CFGB

Food Security Learning Tour, India, CFGB

Opening/Closing Date: 
November 14, 2019 to December 15, 2019
Anticipated Start Date: 
February 24, 2020

Pilgrim in Mission | February 24 - March 5, 2020 | Approx $2500 (partial subsidies are available) 

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The United Church of Canada is seeking individuals interested in applying for a Canadian Foodgrains Bank Food Security Learning Tour in India to learn about hunger, food security and the culture and history in India. The United Church of Canada is a member of the Canadian Foodgrains Bank (CFGB)

Food Security Learning Tours are opportunities to see firsthand how CFGB supports projects promoting food security for families and communities, as well as learn more about Canada’s global role supporting agricultural and food security. This learning tour is for any Canadian adults who want to learn about, and take action on  global hunger.


  • Learning about the causes of, and responses to, global hunger and food security, including the role of women in agriculture;
  • Getting to know people, families, partners, and other organizations in India who participate in efforts to improve food security; and
  • Equipping participants to share their learning, and to inspire other Canadians to reflect, pray, give, learn, and advocate for an end to global hunger.

Planned visits and activities include  (subject to change)

  • Orientation & introduction to Foodgrains Bank and food security (Kolkata)
  • Tearfund partner EFICOR in Pakur district, Jharkhand state, agriculture & livelihoods project
  • Mennonite Central Committee partner ABSK in Bhirbhum district, West Bengal, agriculture & livelihoods, nutrition
  • Related agencies and site visits that help get a better understanding of India, such as the Mother Theresa mission
  • Tourist visit in Kolkata or surrounding region

Note: travel will include fairly lengthy train travel, as well as sharing meals with local communities, all of which involve somewhat rustic conditions.


February 24 - March 5, 2020 (exact dates will be determined based on flight availability)  




The advertised cost for the trip is approximately $2,500. Cost includes in-country costs, airfare, visas, accommodation, and all other expenses EXCEPT travel health consult, vaccinations, incidental costs and meals during international air travel, and any personal gifts. Partial subsidies may be available to United Church members who apply. A $300 deposit will be required by CFGB to secure a spot once the application is approved.

Please indicate your financial need in the online application. If accepted, we will be in touch regarding the amount of subsidy.  

Applicant Profile (to be eligible for a subsidy)

  • Have a valid passport that does not expire before end of August 2020
  • Have a demonstrated commitment to, and engagement in, The United Church of Canada (locally, regionally and/or nationally)
  • Willingness to be part of networks of education and faithful advocacy to offer leadership to others within the United Church on issues of hunger, food security and food sovereignty
  • Willingness to speak to United Church groups about the experience and its impact on their faith journey
  • Willingness to participate in advocacy initiatives and community awareness building on food security issues


  • Written piece (about 400 words) summarizing the experience, with 5 high-resolution pictures
  • Speaking engagements to United Church communities of faith about the experience
  • Ongoing engagement in advocacy
To Apply

The application can be found on the CFGB website. 

Please apply directly to the Canadian Foodgrains Bank by December 15, 2019. Applications will be evaluated on a rolling basis. As such, those interested in participating are encouraged to apply as early as possible. 

Please copy the United Church in your application via pip [at] . In cc’ing People in Partnership in your application, you are granting permission for The United Church of Canada to discuss your application, any subsidy arrangements and your participation (if accepted) in the CFGB from selection to re-entry and follow up.