Over 75,000 people in nine countries will benefit; includes responses to conflict in four African countries
Over 75,000 people in nine countries will benefit from ten projects totaling $2.8 million committed by Canadian Foodgrains Bank in January.
The projects are being implemented by Foodgrains Bank members Canadian Baptist Ministries, Emergency Relief & Development Overseas (ERDO Canada), Mennonite Central Committee Canada, Nazarene Compassionate Ministries, World Relief Canada, and World Renew, in collaboration with their local partners.
Four of the projects are responding to violent conflict in Africa.
In Nigeria, Foodgrains Bank member World Renew is providing relief for 5,250 people affected by the Boko Haram insurgency. Boko Haram is a militant group attempting to overthrow the government. In recent years, it has terrorized Nigeria through abductions, bombings, and assassinations.
World Renew, through its partner ZOA, is responding in the north-eastern city of Maiduguri, where Boko Haram is headquartered, and where the insurgency has caused mass displacement.
Through the project, which totals $484,000, both displaced people and those who are hosting them are receiving monthly cash transfers they can use to purchase food in local markets.
Two other projects are responding to the effects of the ongoing war in South Sudan, where violence continues to keep millions of people away from their homes.
Foodgrains Bank member ERDO Canada is responding to the needs of people who have fled across the border from South Sudan into Uganda. Many refugees are arriving undernourished, with pregnant and nursing mothers being of special concern. ERDO Canada, through Pentecostal Assemblies of God Uganda, is providing nutritious supplementary food for 2,500 of these mothers each month.
Within South Sudan, Foodgrains Bank member World Relief Canada is providing emergency food rations of maize, beans, oil and salt to 17,000 people affected by violence around the South Sudanese capital of Juba.
Another project, through Foodgrains Bank member Canadian Baptist Ministries and their partner Communauté Baptiste au Centre de l’Afrique, is working with farm families in South Kivu province of the Democratic Republic of Congo.
South Kivu is an area that has suffered from civil conflict and widespread hunger in recent years. Through the project, 400 farm families are being supported in improving their farming practices. The project is particularly targeting households that are headed by women and children, affected by HIV/AIDS, or those who have recently returned home after being displaced by conflict.
Other projects committed in January include:
• A nutrition project in Bangladesh through ERDO Canada totaling $343,000 and benefitting 10,000 people.
• An agriculture and livelihoods project in Cambodia through Mennonite Central Committee Canada, totaling $103,000 and benefitting 10,500 people.
• A food assistance project in Kenya through World Renew, totaling $495,000 and benefitting 12,000 people.
• A food assistance project in Malawi through Nazarene Compassionate Ministries, totaling $355,000 and benefitting 9,000 people.
• An agriculture and livelihoods project in Mozambique through Mennonite Central Committee Canada, totaling $247,000 and benefitting 6,400 people.
• An agriculture and livelihoods project in Uganda through World Renew, totaling $170,000 and benefitting 2,500 people.
Projects supported by Canadian Foodgrains Bank are undertaken with support from the Government of Canada.
–Amanda Thorsteinsson, Communications Coordinator