Over 57,000 people in five countries will benefit; includes response to extreme hunger in South Sudan
Over 57,000 people in five countries will benefit from five projects totaling $2.8 million committed by Canadian Foodgrains Bank in June.
The projects are being implemented by Foodgrains Bank members Development and Peace—Caritas Canada, Emergency Relief & Development Overseas, World Relief Canada and World Renew, in collaboration with their local partners.
In February, famine was declared in parts of South Sudan.
South Sudan has experienced ongoing conflict since December 2013 that has led to widespread displacement. Food prices are high, and many people can’t access their farmland. Although the risk of famine has now lessened, suffering across the country is continuing at unprecedented levels.
Through its member World Relief Canada, the Foodgrains Bank has committed a new project responding to hunger in South Sudan, in Aweil East.
Through the project, implemented locally through Tearfund South Sudan, about 12,800 people a month are receiving emergency food baskets of sorghum, beans, vegetable oil and salt. The project total is $998,000.
Another project, through Foodgrains Bank member Development and Peace—Caritas Canada, is responding to the needs of people affected by Boko Haram-related insecurity in Niger.
Boko Haram made international headlines for kidnapping close to 300 schoolgirls in Nigeria several years ago, and the group continues to terrorize the region, causing insecurity and hardship, including across the Nigerian border into Niger.
In Toumour, where Development and Peace is responding through their partner Catholic Relief Services, many people have arrived from surrounding areas seeking out food and safety.
However, Toumour is a poor region with little capacity to support the newly-arrived households, and many people are experiencing hunger.
Through the project, implemented locally by Catholic Relief Services, 1,200 displaced households (about 7,000 people) are receiving monthly rations of rice, beans and oil.
Other projects committed in June include:
• An agriculture and livelihoods project in Uganda through World Renew, totaling $87,000 and benefitting 2,100 people.
• A food assistance and nutrition project in Zimbabwe through Emergency Relief and Development Overseas, totaling $789,000 and benefitting 19,000 people.
• A food assistance project in Kenya through World Renew, totaling $371,000 and benefitting 16,500 people.
Projects supported by Canadian Foodgrains Bank are undertaken with support from the Government of Canada.
–Amanda Thorsteinsson, Communications Coordinator