Canada announces funding to Canadian Foodgrains Bank to support the most vulnerable
November 7, 2016 - Winnipeg, Manitoba - Global Affairs Canada
On behalf of the Honourable Marie-Claude Bibeau, Minister of International Development and La Francophonie, the Honourable James Carr, Minister of Natural Resources, today announced renewed funding to the Canadian Foodgrains Bank (CFGB), to help provide food to people affected by humanitarian crises.
Canada will be providing $125 million over five years to the CFGB to support its work in providing food to affected communities during conflicts or natural disasters, such as droughts. Through the CFGB’s extensive network of members and local partners on the ground, food assistance is provided, often through either a food basket or food vouchers, that helps families get through the crisis period. This funding will also support targeted nutritional interventions, such as specialized nutritional foods for pregnant and nursing mothers, as well as young children.
Today’s announcement supports the Government of Canada’s commitment to provide appropriate, timely and effective humanitarian assistance in order to save lives, alleviate suffering and maintain the dignity of those affected by conflicts and natural disasters.
“The Canadian Foodgrains Bank and its wide array of supporters highlight the generosity of Canadians in helping people in need. Our partnership with the Canadian Foodgrains Bank will help ensure that the most vulnerable populations can receive the food and nutritional support they need in times of crisis.”
- Marie-Claude Bibeau, Minister of International Development and La Francophonie
“We deeply appreciate this long-standing funding partnership with the Canadian government. It enables our member agencies and their partners to effectively respond to food crises around the world in a timely manner. We are able to combine this government funding with donor-matching dollars, much of which comes from Canadian farmers and rural communities, to help women and men recover from crises and build and strengthen their livelihoods.”
- Jim Cornelius, Executive Director, Canadian Foodgrains Bank
- Last year, the CFGB reached over 1 million people in 40 different countries, including South Sudan, Ethiopia and Syria.
- Thousands of farmers, businesses and individuals support the CFGB from Prince Edward Island to British Columbia. Many of them are involved in supporting growing projects, which involves a community getting together to grow crops in support of the CFGB. Proceeds from the sale of these crops support the work of the CFGB. There are over 260 such projects across Canada.
- Global Affairs Canada has been supporting the CFGB since 1983, and with multi-year funding since 1987.
- Some 795 million—one in nine—people around the world do not have enough food to lead a healthy, active life.
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