Six projects totaling $1.04 million committed in July

Wednesday, August 9, 2017

Over 53,000 people in four countries will benefit; includes emergency nutrition response in Somalia

Over 53,000 people in four countries will benefit from six projects totaling $1.04 million committed by Canadian Foodgrains Bank in July.

The projects are being implemented by Foodgrains Bank members Development and Peace—Caritas Canada, Canadian Baptist Ministries, World Relief Canada and World Renew, in collaboration with their local partners.

One project, through Development and Peace, is responding to the crisis in Somalia.

Somalia is suffering from its worst drought in 40 years. The crippling effects of the drought are compounded by militant violence and lack of response from a young and struggling government.

Over six million people are in need of urgent help.

According to the United Nations, the country is on the verge of famine.

Through the project, implemented locally by Trocaire Somalia, existing nutrition centres and nutrition programming responding to the needs of young children and pregnant and breastfeeding mothers are being scaled up.

The project, which totals $388,000, is benefitting 2,700 children and 2,760 women.

Another project, through Canadian Baptist Ministries in Embu County, Kenya, is responding to chronic, ongoing hunger.

Farming households in Embu struggle to grow enough food to support their families year-round due to unreliable rainfall, a lack of access to quality seeds, and depleted soil.

In response, CBM, through its partner African Christian Churches & Schools, is training farmers in conservation agriculture methods.

Conservation agriculture methods help farmers make best use of erratic rainfall, restore nutrients to their soil, and ultimately, increase their crop yields.

1,200 families are benefitting from the project, which totals $125,000.

Other projects committed in July include:

• An agriculture and livelihoods project in India through World Relief Canada, totaling $115,000 and benefitting 2,400 people.
• An agriculture and livelihoods project in Tanzania through World Relief Canada, totaling $192,000 and benefitting 20,000 people.
• An agriculture and livelihoods project in Tanzania through World Renew, totaling $120,000 and benefitting 12,000 people.
• An agriculture and livelihoods project in Tanzania through World Renew, totaling $96,000 and benefitting 7,000 people.

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