Six projects totaling $1.3 million committed in February

Monday, March 5, 2018

Over 28,000 people in five countries will benefit; includes emergency humanitarian response in Somalia


Canadian Foodgrains Bank and ADRA Canada are responding to four seasons of consecutive drought in Somalia by providing $86 USD a month to 1,280 pastoral families to buy food. (Photo: Matthew Sawatzky)

Over 28,000 people in five countries will benefit from six projects totaling $1.3 million committed by Canadian Foodgrains Bank in February.

The projects are being implemented by Foodgrains Bank members ADRA Canada, Canadian Baptist Ministries, Canadian Lutheran World Relief, Emergency Relief and Development Overseas and Presbyterian World Service & Development, in collaboration with their local partners.

One project, through ADRA Canada, is responding to the humanitarian crisis in Somalia.

For years, Somalia has struggled with sectarian violence and lack of a stable government. Even in the best of times, it’s difficult place for most people to thrive.

The country is now experiencing its fourth consecutive season of failed rains. Lack of water means livestock are dying, and disease is widespread.

Over five million people are in need of humanitarian assistance. According to the United Nations, malnutrition rates are at serious levels.

Pastoralist families who depend on their livestock for their livelihoods are coping by skipping meals and selling off what livestock they can in order to purchase food. Although this is helping them survive in the short-term, once the drought is over, families may struggle to resume their prior standard of living.

Through the project, implemented locally by ADRA Somalia, 1,280 pastoral families (about 8,000 people) are receiving $86 USD a month to purchase food. In total, the project is worth $500,000.

Another project, through Emergency Relief and Development Overseas (ERDO), is training 300 smallholder farm families in South Kivu province, Democratic Republic of Congo in sustainably increasing their yields through a project totaling $57,000.

Although many families in South Kivu depend on agriculture for their livelihoods, continued conflict, erratic rain, pests, and other issues mean they struggle to produce enough food to support themselves year-round, and they often experience hunger.

Conservation agriculture training, provided through ERDO’s partner Communauté des Églises de Pentecote en Afrique Centrale, is helping farmers improve the fertility of their soil and maximize their use of limited rainfall.

Other projects committed in February include:

  • A food assistance and agriculture and livelihoods project in Ethiopia through Canadian Lutheran World Relief, totaling $338,000 and benefitting 6,000 people.
  • An agriculture and livelihoods project in Rwanda through Canadian Baptist Ministries, totaling $151,000 and benefitting 8,000 people.
  • An agriculture and livelihoods project in Democratic Republic of Congo through Canadian Baptist Ministries, totaling $202,000 and benefitting 2,800 people.
  • An agriculture and livelihoods project in Guatemala through Presbyterian World Service & Development, totaling $95,000 and benefitting 1,950 people.

Canadian Foodgrains Bank programs are undertaken with support from the Government of Canada.

–Amanda Thorsteinsson, Communications Coordinator