Includes additional support for ongoing crisis in South Sudan
Over 28,000 people in five countries will benefit from six projects worth $1.8 million committed by Canadian Foodgrains Bank in November.
The projects are being implemented by Mennonite Central Committee, World Renew, Adventist Development & Relief Agency (ADRA), Emergency Relief and Development Overseas (ERDO), and Canadian Baptist Ministries, in collaboration with their local partners.
One project, through ADRA, is continuing to respond to the needs of displaced people in the war-affected nation of South Sudan.
Since fighting began in December 2013, thousands of South Sudanese people have been displaced from their homes. Many small-scale farmers have been unable to plant their crops, contributing to a severe food shortage in the country.
ADRA South Sudan is responding to the crisis in Baliet County, Upper Nile State, by providing monthly rations of sorghum, beans, oil, and salt to 1,776 families.
Through another project, implemented by World Renew in Ethiopia through their local partner Food for the Hungry, orphans and other extremely vulnerable children in three districts are receiving monthly rations of wheat flour, beans, oil, and salt.
Children living with HIV/AIDS are receiving an additional ration of Famix, a special fortified nutrition supplement. The children are also receiving follow-up support from a local social worker.
Through the project, worth $437,000, 1,500 children are being helped.
Other projects committed in November include a food security project in India through Canadian Baptist Ministries worth $74,000 and benefitting 4,320 people; a food security in India through Mennonite Central Committee worth $60,000 and benefitting 5,525 people; a nutrition project in Nepal through Mennonite Central Committee worth $39,000 and benefitting 1,300 people; and a school-feeding project in Bangladesh through Emergency Relief & Development Overseas (ERDO) worth $283,000 and benefitting 6,985 people.
Canadian Foodgrains Bank is a partnership of 15 churches and church agencies working together to end global hunger. In the 2013-14 budget year, the Foodgrains Bank provided $42 million of assistance for 1.2 million people in 42 countries. Canadian Foodgrains Bank projects are undertaken with matching support from the Government of Canada. Assistance from the Foodgrains Bank is provided through its member agencies, which get matching funds through their accounts in the Foodgrains Bank for programs implemented by local partners in the developing world.