Food Distribution in North Eastern Kenya
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After three successive seasons of poor rains, many people in North Eastern Kenya’s Mandera West district are in need of food assistance. On February 10th, 2012 Foodgrains Bank member agency, ADRA Canada
, along with their partner ADRA Kenya, distributed maize, beans, oil, and salt to 1,000 families.
This project is part of a larger initiative to respond to the food crisis in East Africa
that has already affected over 12 million people.
“The needs in East Africa are still great,” says Jim Cornelius, Executive Director of Canadian Foodgrains Bank.
“We are committed to supporting vulnerable communities in East Africa for the long term to help them return to normal life and become more resilient in the future.”
In addition to providing food, the project in Mandera also works with pregnant and nursing mothers to develop good nutrition practices, including promoting breastfeeding.
According to James Astleford, Emergency Management Director for ADRA Canada who attended the distribution, the project is a great success thanks to good staff on the ground and strong support from the local government.
“Community leaders, beneficiaries, and government officials repeatedly thanked the Foodgrains Bank, ADRA Canada and ADRA Kenya for the support,” he says.
This project is supported by the Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA).