Ten Projects Totaling $3.3 Million Committed in December

Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Over 100,000 people in seven countries will benefit; includes emergency assistance for conflict-affected people in South Sudan

Over 100,000 people in seven countries will benefit from 10 projects committed by Canadian Foodgrains Bank in December, totaling $3.3 million.

The projects are being implemented by Foodgrains Bank members ADRA Canada, Development & Peace—Caritas Canada, Mennonite Central Committee Canada, Presbyterian World Service & Development, Primate’s World Relief and Development Fund and World Relief Canada, in collaboration with their local partners.

One project, through Foodgrains Bank member World Relief Canada, is responding to the needs of people living in and around Juba, the capital city of South Sudan.

Violent unrest over the summer displaced thousands of people. Some people have returned home to find they have been looted. Others are still living with relatives.

Although Tearfund UK, World Relief’s partner, has been responding for several months, more help is still needed.

Through this project, which totals $450,000, 2,660 households (about 17,000 people) are receiving emergency food each month for four months.

In another project, the Foodgrains Bank is supporting small-scale farm families in the Kurdistan region of Iraq in improving their farming livelihoods.

Conflict over the past decades has affected this region heavily. Many families have been displaced, and others are hosting refugees and people displaced from other parts of the country.

Farming infrastructure has been lost, and the transfer of farming knowledge within families has broken down.

As well, frequent drought over the past years has compounded these problems, and caused many people to migrate to urban areas.

Through their partner Rehabilitation, Education, and Community Health, Foodgrains Bank member Mennonite Central Committee Canada is responding by working alongside farming families to improve their access to food.

Project activities include small dam construction, kitchen gardening, and introduction of beekeeping. Farmers are being trained in preparing organic fertilizer, managing greenhouses, improved farming techniques, and other topics.

In total, 640 households (about 3,840 people in total) are benefitting from the project, which is worth $347,000

Other projects committed in December include:

• An agriculture and livelihoods project in Ethiopia through Mennonite Central Committee Canada, totaling $270,000 and benefitting 28,100 people.
• An agriculture and livelihoods project in Ethiopia through Development & Peace—Caritas Canada, totaling $242,000 and benefitting 8,000 people.
• An agriculture and livelihoods project in Ethiopia through Mennonite Central Committee Canada, totaling $213,000 and benefitting 4,075 people.
• A food assistance project in Haiti through Primate’s World Relief & Development Fund, totaling $212,000 and benefitting 3,250 people.
• A food assistance project in Haiti through Presbyterian World Service & Development, totaling $495,000 and benefitting 7,200 people.
• A food assistance project in Kenya through ADRA Canada, totaling $113,000 and benefitting 5,720 people.
• An agriculture and livelihoods project in Laos through Mennonite Central Committee Canada, totaling $267,000 and benefitting 5,000 people.
• A food assistance project in Malawi, through Presbyterian World Service & Development with support from The United Church of Canada, totaling $762,000 and benefitting 19,000 people.

Projects supported by Canadian Foodgrains Bank are undertaken with support from the Government of Canada through Global Affairs Canada.

–Amanda Thorsteinsson, Communications Coordinator