Canadian Foodgrains Bank is monitoring the situation in the Tigray region of Ethiopia, where an escalating conflict between the Ethiopian government and the people in the Tigray region has caused more than 42,000 people to flee across the border into Sudan. Hundreds of people have been killed, and up to 101,000 people have been displaced.
“Although none of our projects have been impacted right now, through our members and their local Ethiopian partners, we are closely monitoring the situation,” says Foodgrains Bank executive director Andy Harrington. “We will continue to monitor the situation, while also praying that those on both sides of the conflict will be able to resolve their differences peacefully.”
Harrington notes the fighting will likely disrupt the harvest season in Tigray, which may lead to further food insecurity.
According to the World Food Programme, “The humanitarian situation on the border between Ethiopia and Sudan is quickly deteriorating and is extremely urgent.”
The Foodgrains Bank has deep ties in Ethiopia, with an ongoing presence in the country for over 30 years. Many Foodgrains Bank supporters have visited the country over the years on learning tours. Through its members, the Foodgrains Bank currently has 13 ongoing projects in Ethiopia right now.