East Africa Appeal

In summer 2011, the world watched as millions of people in East Africa were caught by drought, conflict, and famine.

Thanks to your generosity, Canadian Foodgrains Bank members provided over $18 million of food assistance to 587,000 people in Kenya, Ethiopia, and Somalia. We thank all who gave for making this possible!

East Africa is no longer in the news, but people in Ethiopia, Somalia and Kenya still will require food assistance—the climatic conditions linked to the drought in the region in 2011 are predicted to continue in 2012.

The UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs says 9.5 million people will need assistance in East Africa this year: 2.3 million in Somalia, 4.3 million in Kenya and about three million in Ethiopia.

Canadian Foodgrains Bank Response in the Sahel and East Africa

To date, the Foodgrains Bank has committed $9.7 million to support people in Niger, Mali, and Burkina Faso, some of the hardest hit in the Sahel. These projects will reach 257,000 people. Over 10,000 tonnes of food will be distributed to people in need through these projects.

The assistance will be provided through Foodgrains Bank members Christian and Missionary Alliance, ADRA Canada, Christian Reformed World Relief Committee, Canadian Catholic Organization for Development and Peace, Mennonite Central Committee and World Relief Canada. Presbyterian World Service and Development and The United Church of Canada are also providing funding for these projects.

For East Africa, over $15.6 million has been committed to Ethiopia, Kenya and Somalia since April, 2011, with plans for an additional $3.1 million of assistance in the works.

Member agencies providing assistance in the region are Mennonite Central Committee, Christian Reformed World Relief, Evangelical Missionary Church of Canada, World Relief Canada, Canadian Lutheran World Relief, Canadian Baptist Ministries, Presbyterian World Service and Development, the United Church of Canada, and ERDO.

The responses have been made possible with support from the Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA).

Click here for a one-page fact sheet about the food crisis in the Sahel.

Click here to see images from Niger.

Sahel & East Africa News and Updates

Food Getting to People in Need in Niger, May 9, 2011
Food Distribution Saving Lives in Niger, May 8, 2011

The Biggest Sickness: Hunger in Niger, May 6, 2011
Three New Projects Committed to Sahel Food Crisis, May 2, 2011

New Photos: Food Distributed in North Eastern Kenya, February 16, 2012

Sahel Area of Africa Threatened by Looming Food Crisis, February 15, 2012