CHF - Partners in Rural Development

CHF Releases Video on Peacebuilding in South Sudan

In January 2005, Sudan's government and southern rebels signed a historic peace agreement: the Comprehensive Peace Agreement (CPA).

CHF has produced a short video portraying the work of CHF and its partners to integrate peacebuilding and livelihoods in key regions of South Sudan to ultimately render the peace agreement more viable and sustainable.

To view the video online, click here.

Carleton University to Hold Special CHF Fundraising Soirée

Each year, students from the Norman Paterson School of International Affairs at Carleton University in Ottawa organize a charity benefit soirée. We are thrilled to announce that this year all proceeds will go to CHF projects.

The special soirée, which takes place March 2 at the Ottawa Congress Centre, brings together prominent members of the Ottawa international affairs community. This year’s keynote speaker will be Robert Fowler, former Canadian Ambassador to the United Nations and the Prime Minister’s Personal Representative for Africa. He will speak on his experiences and his passion for Africa.

For more information, visit or e-mail

Help Us Reach 1,000!

Already 894 monthly donors and counting…..

CHF is calling on you — CHF donors and e-bulletin subscribers — to help us achieve our goal of 1,000 monthly CHF donors by the end of the year.

Monthly donations provide the backbone for our programs. Your ongoing contributions help us plan more effectively, knowing we can count on strong, sustained support. Plus, monthly giving minimizes CHF administration, so more of your money goes directly to the families we work with.

And monthly giving is easy and convenient. We simply set up your monthly giving program at the start — then no more appeals. You may adjust your monthly donation at any time.

You can join CHF’s monthly giving program by completing our secure online form or by calling Janet Cater at 1 (866) 242-4243 ext. 214.

Take Action on Food Security

As a member of the Food Security Policy Group (FSPG), CHF sponsored for our partner from Ghana, Mr. Malex Alebikiya, to speak to the Standing Committee on Foreign Affairs and International Development on February 1, 2007. Mr. Alebikiya spoke of the importance of agriculture in addressing rural poverty. He urged the government to orient aid for agriculture toward small-scale farming, emphasizing that farmers themselves know their situation and needs best.

On February 13, the Committee agreed unanimously to “recommend to the Government that the Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA) establish agriculture as a priority sector using the strategies and policies developed in the CIDA policy document titled Promoting Sustainable Rural Development focusing on sustainability and the reduction of poverty and hunger.”

There is some support within CIDA and among parliamentarians for aid for agriculture that is sustainable and addresses small farmers’ needs, but the voices of the Canadian public are important in ensuring this important priority is addressed. If you wish to express your views on this and related matters, your letters are taken seriously.

Please write to:
Hon. Josée Verner
Minister of International Cooperation
House of Commons
Ottawa, Ontario
K1A 0A6


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