Backgrounder - Canada’s emergency support responds to global food crises


The Government of Canada has announced that it is providing $155 million for emergency humanitarian and development assistance to help avert famine in affected countries by addressing deteriorating food security and nutrition needs.

World Food Programme (WFP): $75 million

To address deteriorating situations of communities experiencing severe food insecurity, WFP programming will provide emergency cash, in-kind food and nutrition assistance, including through school meals, nutrition education.

UNICEF: $20 million

Funding to UNICEF will help ensure access to essential nutritional supports, such as Ready-to-Use Therapeutic Foods, and help communities meet nutrition needs through activities, such as providing supplements, Vitamin A supplementation, immunization and water, sanitation and hygiene programming.

United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs’ (UN OCHA) Country-Based Pooled Funds (CBPFs): $15 million

Through UN OCHA’s CBPFs, Canada’s funding will enable flexible and timely country-level responses, including through international organizations and NGOs.

International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC): $10 million

Canada’s support through the ICRC will ensure assistance, including food assistance, reaches the most difficult-to-access populations in crisis and conflict-affected contexts.

Canadian Foodgrains Bank: $10 million

Through its 15 member organizations, the Canadian Foodgrains Bank will deliver critical humanitarian and development food assistance at the community level in developing countries around the globe.

Canadian non-governmental organizations: $25 million

Additional programming with Canadian partners will ensure a holistic multi-sectoral response that addresses underlying determinants of acute malnutrition, including water, sanitation and hygiene and health programming.

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