Over 120,000 people in twelve countries will benefit; includes response to famine in South Sudan, severe drought in Somalia
Over 120,000 people in twelve countries will benefit from fourteen projects totaling $4.9 million committed by Canadian Foodgrains Bank in March.
The projects are being implemented by Foodgrains Bank members ADRA Canada, Canadian Baptist Ministries, Canadian Lutheran World Relief, Mennonite Central Committee Canada, Presbyterian World Service & Development, World Relief Canada and World Renew, in collaboration with their local partners.
In February, famine was declared by the United Nations in Unity State, South Sudan, with about 100,000 people facing starvation, and another 4.9 million people in urgent need of humanitarian assistance. Prolonged civil war has led to economic collapse in the country. It has led to disruption of markets, kept people—many of whom are small-scale farmers—away from their land, and forced them to different parts of the country in search of safety.
The struggle to access food has also led to extremely high levels of malnutrition, particularly in young children.
Through its member World Relief Canada, the Foodgrains Bank is responding by establishing nutrition feeding centres where children under five and lactating mothers can be screened for malnutrition. If a child is found with severe acute malnutrition—meaning they are so malnourished they are close to death—they will receive treatment with therapeutic foods. Lactating mothers and children with moderate acute malnutrition will also be treated, and caregivers will receive education in proper hygiene and child feeding practices. The project, which totals $460,000, will benefit 42,000 people.
In Somalia, where ongoing drought may lead to famine in the coming months if humanitarian assistance does not materialize soon, Foodgrains Bank member ADRA Canada is providing emergency support to drought-affected households in South West State. Through the project, implemented locally by ADRA Somalia and totaling $500,000, 1,000 households, representing about 6,000 people, are receiving vouchers to purchase emergency food at approved local stores for five months, as well as cash vouchers to spend on food of their own choosing.
In 2011, a famine in Somalia led to the deaths of 250,000 people—half of them children.
Other projects committed in March include:
• A nutrition project in Democratic Republic of Congo through Canadian Lutheran World Relief, totaling $$575,000 and benefitting 3,000 people.
• A food assistance and agriculture and livelihoods project in Democratic Republic of Congo through Mennonite Central Committee Canada, totaling $191,000 and benefitting 2,900 people.
• A nutrition project in Cambodia through ADRA Canada, totaling $374,000 and benefitting 22,000 people.
• A food assistance project in Uganda through World Renew, totaling $491,000 and benefitting 7,900 people.
• An agriculture and livelihoods project in several regions of Africa through Mennonite Central Committee Canada, totaling $300,000.
• An agriculture and livelihoods project in Rwanda through Canadian Baptist Ministries, totaling $147,000 and benefitting 7,000 people.
• A food assistance project in Rwanda through Canadian Baptist Ministries, totaling $256,000 and benefitting 5,800 people.
• An agriculture and livelihoods project in Nepal through ADRA Canada, totaling $201,000 and benefitting 8,800 people.
• An agriculture and livelihoods project in Mongolia through ADRA Canada, totaling $205,000 and benefitting 3,000 people.
• A nutrition project in Haiti through Presbyterian World Service & Development, totaling $421,000 and benefitting 4,200 people.
• An agriculture and livelihoods project in Iraq through Mennonite Central Committee Canada, totaling $469,000 and benefitting 3,700 people.
• An agriculture and livelihoods project in Ethiopia through Canadian Lutheran World Relief, totaling $349,000 and benefitting 4,700 people.
Projects supported by Canadian Foodgrains Bank are undertaken with support from the Government of Canada.
–Amanda Thorsteinsson, Communications Coordinatordrought, somalia, south sudan