Canada Pledges Multiyear Funding for Food Aid Bodies

Canadian Minister of International Cooperation Beverley J. Oda visits drought victims in East Africa. The Canadian government has promised a total of 350 million Canadian dollars ($345 million) to support the operations of the World Food Program and Canadian Foodgrains Bank over five years. Photo by: George M. Mulala / © ACDI-CIDA

The Canadian government has promised a total of 350 million Canadian dollars ($345 million) to support the operations of the World Food Program and Canadian Foodgrains Bank over five years.

Canadian Minister of International Cooperation Beverley J. Oda made the pledge Oct. 26, on the occasion of WFP Executive Director Josette Sheeran’s visit to Canada and the eve of WFP’s 50th anniversary.

“Canada’s support will help further WFP’s excellent work in saving lives during emergencies and providing school feeding programs,” Oda said. “I commend WFP on its continued efforts to find innovative approaches to integrate nutrition into its programs, increase effectiveness, and support local farmers and markets.”

The funding includes CA$225 million to WFP’s activities, including CA$100 million for school feeding programs over four years, and CA$125 million to CFGB for five years.

CFGB is the Canadian International Development Agency’s biggest Canadian food aid partner. The bank courses food and development assistance in developing countries through 15 Canadian church-based member agencies. In 2010-2011, it provided 35,000 tons of food aid to 2.3 million people in 35 countries.

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