Today's recovery, tomorrow's security
The Humanitarian, Early Recovery, and Development program
This program helps people experiencing long-term hunger who have been disproportionately impacted by the economic effects of the COVID-19 pandemic in several African countries. Each project involves an emergency food response phase and an early recovery and development phase to provide a strong foundation for building resilience and move out of poverty in the longer-term.
This program is undertaken with funding from the Government of Canada.
During the emergency response phase, households are provided with emergency food, cash, or food vouchers they can redeem at local markets.
To support early recovery, some participants are also offered inputs to re-start agricultural activities, training to improve agricultural production and start new livelihood activities, and support establishing savings and loans groups.
Some projects are also paying people to work on projects that will benefit the community, such as improving soil and water conservation.
Foodgrains Bank members taking part in the program:
ADRA Canada, Canadian Lutheran World Relief, Emergency Relief and Development Overseas, Mennonite Central Committee, Primate’s World Relief and Development Agency, Tearfund Canada, World Renew, The United Church of Canada and Presbyterian World Service & Development.
All the projects are implemented through their local partners.
Thanks to a $20 million grant from the Government of Canada, Foodgrains Bank members are finding innovative ways to support people in eight countries who are experiencing food insecurity due to COVID-19 and the danger of famine.
Most hunger responses are either short-term emergency projects or longer-term development projects. This program combines both. It represents an innovative approach built on the past work of the Foodgrains Bank and its members.