Over 65,000 people in seven countries will benefit; includes two projects responding to conflict in DR Congo
Over 65,000 people in seven countries will benefit from nine projects totaling $2.3 million committed by Canadian Foodgrains Bank in January.
The projects are implemented by Foodgrains Bank members ADRA Canada, Mennonite Central Committee Canada, The United Church of Canada and World Renew, in collaboration with their local partners.
Two projects are responding to the ongoing violence, insecurity and general unrest that exists in Democratic Republic of Congo. There are 4.3 million displaced people in the country, and two million children are suffering from severe acute malnutrition.
The Foodgrains Bank-supported projects are in Kasai Province. According to the United Nations, Kasai is one of the worst-affected regions of the country due to “intercommunal clashes, fighting between armed groups and increasing number of armed militia.”
Through Mennonite Central Committee Canada, the Foodgrains Bank is providing emergency rations of maize flour, beans, oil and salt to 830 families (about 4,100 people) for three months. The project total is $334,000.
Another project, through ADRA Canada, is providing the same rations to 1,800 families (about 9,500 people) for three months. This project totals $535,000.
Canadian Foodgrains Bank program are undertaken with support from the Government of Canada.
–Amanda Thorsteinsson, Communications Coordinator
Other projects committed in January include:
- A food assistance and agriculture and livelihoods project in Ethiopia through World Renew, totaling $208,000 and benefitting 1,400 people.
- An agriculture and livelihoods in Kenya through The United Church of Canada, totaling $177,000 and benefitting 1,650 people.
- A food assistance project in Kenya through Mennonite Central Committee Canada, totaling $246,000 and benefitting 10,000 people.
- A nutrition project in Laos through ADRA Canada, totaling $247,000 and benefitting 11,000 people.
- An agriculture and livelihoods project in Mozambique through Mennonite Central Committee Canada, totaling $262,000 and benefitting 6,400 people.
- A nutrition project in Bangladesh through World Renew, totaling $200,000 and benefitting 23,000 people.
- A food assistance project in Colombia through Mennonite Central Committee Canada, totaling $62,000 and benefitting 400 people.