Foodgrains bank commits $5.7 million in April

People affected by drought in Ethiopia and conflicts in Syria are the focus of two projects out of 15 currently being funded by the Canadian Foodgrains Bank.

More than 140,000 people in 10 countries are expected to benefit from the $5.7 million committed by the organization in April.

Foodgrains Bank members include the Canadian Baptist Ministries, Development and Peace—Caritas Canada, Mennonite Central Committee Canada, Presbyterian World Service and Development, and World Renew, in collaboration with their local partners.

Ethiopia is experiencing one of the worst droughts since the 1980s. Lack of adequate precipitation over the past two rainy seasons have severely disrupted crop and livestock production.

One six-month project totaling $600,000 includes distributing food rations to 9,800 people in 1,964 households a month.

Another is responding to the needs of two communities in the Oromia region of Ethiopia.

The war in Syria, now in its sixth year, has displaced millions of people. Many are living as refugees in Lebanon and Jordan.

Five projects were committed totalling $3.4 million to aid Syrians.

One five-month project totaling $1,376,000 is providing a monthly food basket to about 30,000 people in 6,000 households.

Other projects committed in April include:

• Two agriculture and livelihoods projects in Burkina Faso totalling $265,000.

• An agriculture and livelihoods project in Haiti totalling $459,000.

• A food assistance project in Iraq totalling $277,000.

• An agriculture and livelihoods project in Kenya totalling $102,000.

• Three food assistance project sin Lebanon totalling $850,000.

• An agriculture and livelihoods project in Mozambique totalling $275,000.

• Two food assistance projects in Syria totalling $1,334,000.

• A food assistance project in Zambia totalling $175,000.

• A nutrition project in Nicaragua totaling $20,000.

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