Project profile — Humanitarian, Recovery and Development for COVID-related Food Insecurity - CFGB 2021-2023


Canadian Foodgrains Bank
2021-12-08 - 2023-12-31
Global Affairs Canada
MFM Global Issues & Dev.Branch

Country / region 

• Kenya (15.00%)
• Congo, Democratic Republic (15.00%)
• Burundi (8.00%)
• Pakistan (6.00%)
• South Sudan (20.00%)
• Madagascar (6.00%)
• Nigeria (15.00%)
• Zimbabwe (15.00%)


• Government And Civil Society, General: Ending violence against women and girls (15180) (9.00%)
• Other Social Infrastructure And Services: Employment policy and administrative management (16020) (3.30%)
• Banking And Financial Services: Informal/semi-formal financial intermediaries (24040) (1.00%)
• Agricultural development:
Agricultural development (31120) (2.10%)
Agricultural land resources (31130) (6.80%)
Agricultural inputs (31150) (6.00%)
Livestock (31163) (50.00%)
• Emergency Response: Emergency food aid (72040) (21.80%)

Policy marker 

• Gender equality (significant objective)
• Environmental sustainability (cross-cutting) (not targeted)
• Participatory development and good governance (not targeted)
• Trade development (not targeted)
• Biodiversity (not targeted)
• Climate change mitigation (not targeted)
• Climate Change Adaptation (not targeted)
• Urban issues (not targeted)
• Desertification (not targeted)
• Children's issues (not targeted)
• Youth Issues (not targeted)
• Disaster Risk Reduction(DRR) (not targeted)
• Indigenous Issues (not targeted)
• Disability (not targeted)
• Nutrition (not targeted)
• ICT as a tool for development (not targeted)


February 2021 - As the global COVID-19 pandemic stretches into its second year, its secondary impacts on the lives and livelihoods of some of the world’s most vulnerable people continue to worsen. One of the most critical impacts is the deterioration in food security, as COVID-19 restrictions have halted economies and destroyed livelihoods. The pandemic has deepened existing hunger crises in the world’s humanitarian hotspots and pushed vulnerable communities, previously on the brink of crisis, over the edge, particularly in sub-Saharan Africa. With GAC’s support, the Canadian Foodgrains Bank (CFGB) is helping to address the impact of COVID-related food insecurity amongst vulnerable populations in eight countries, including Burundi, the Democratic Republic of Congo, Kenya, Madagascar, Nigeria, Pakistan, South Sudan, and Zimbabwe. Project activities include: (1) providing cash, vouchers, or in-kind food rations to address immediate food needs; (2) identifying and supporting agricultural and non-agricultural livelihoods and market opportunities to improve household food security and resilience; (3) facilitating the development and strengthening of community groups to build community ownership and resilience; (4) rehabilitating or constructing community and environmental assets to support community development; and (5) providing training on locally relevant gender equality issues and gender-based violence (GBV) prevention and risks to women and men from households experiencing acute food insecurity, and in a gender-sensitive manner.

Expected results 

The expected outcomes of this project include: (1) improved access to adequate nutritious food; (2) restored agricultural productivity and diversified livelihood opportunities; (3) improved access to functioning community and environmental assets; (4) increased voice and confidence of women to participate meaningfully in their communities; and (5) increased awareness of gender equality in the food system and of GBV response and prevention, for households facing increased food insecurity due to COVID-19 and other concurrent shocks in Burundi, the Democratic Republic of Congo, Kenya, Nigeria, South Sudan, and Zimbabwe. The expected ultimate outcome is lives saved, suffering alleviated, and human dignity maintained in countries experiencing humanitarian crises or acute food insecurity.

Results achieved 


Budget and spending 

Original budget $0
Planned disbursement $0
Country percentages by sector
Type of finance Aid grant excluding debt reorganisation
Collaboration type Bilateral
Type of aid Project-type interventions
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