Need for Food Banking By Country
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Known Status of Hunger Relief Situation & Opportunities
(By Country in Alphabetical Order)
Wanted: Compassionate leaders who want to eliminate hunger in their country.
The Global Youth Food Project supports local efforts worldwide to build food banking (virtual and physical facility) systems that will get otherwise wasted food to charitable feeding organizations on an on-going, regular basis. GYFP does this by providing guidance on best practices, alternative programs, sourcing, material handling and logistics, facilities, information and communication systems, processes, start-up, donor relations, charitable agency relations and volunteer labor relations. GYFP also refers other individuals and organizations who may be able to improve the chances for successfully creating local food bank capabilities and capacities. Please email GYFP Founder Wendi Taylor at with information on hunger relief situations and opportunities not listed below.
HighlightedFor countries highlighted in orange, the Global Youth Food Project is actively helping or anticipating a project in that country.
AfghanistanCountry Facts: Afghanistan is a landlocked country in South and Central Asia with a population of approximately 32 million.
Food Banking Status: Not known.
Opportunities to Help: War in Afghanistan make it difficult to imagine how to help bring food banking there at this time. Youth Exchange and Study (YES) Program Alumni (2004-2011) from this country may or may not be available to volunteer.
AlbaniaCountry Facts: Albania is a country in Southeastern Europe with a population of approximately 2.9 million who speak Albanian. English, Italian or Greek are also spoken as a second language by many.
Food Banking Status: Albania has a food bank project that is being supported by the European Federation of Food Banks (FEBA).
Opportunities to Help: Contact Oltion "Toni" Shena, Food Bank Albania's Manager, at or +355 68 874 9082, if you would like to help their food bank. Youth Exchange and Study (YES) Program Alumni from this country may be available to volunteer.
AlgeriaCountry Facts: Algeria is the world's tenth largest and Africa's largest country. The northern coastal region is separated from the vast Sahara Desert in the south by mountains and highlands. In the Sahara Desert there is only an occasional oasis capable of supporting life. Only 3 percent of Algeria's land is arable. About 90 percent of the total population (39,542,166) inhabits the northern coastal region. About 70% of the population is urban. About 99 percent of Algerians are Berber or Arab-Berber. Arabic is the official language. Tamazight, spoken by Berbers, is also a national language. French is widely understood and spoken daily. 99 percent of the people are Sunni Muslim. About 1 percent of the people are Christian or Jewish. Agriculture employs about one-quarter of the labor force, but the country is not self-sufficient in food production. Nomadic herding is the primary economic activity in the sparsely populated desert regions. Light industry, food processing, and the mining of iron, phosphates, lead, and zinc are also important sectors of the economy. The gross domestic product per capita is relatively high due to oil revenues. Most Algerians have a low income, and many have been impacted by inflation, high unemployment, and political strife.
Food Banking Status: Algeria apparently has a food bank; see their Facebook page.
Opportunities to Help: Youth Exchange and Study (YES) Program Alumni (2004-2007) from this country may or may not be available to volunteer.
AndorraCountry Facts:
Food Banking Status: Unknown
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AngolaCountry Facts: About the size of South Africa, Angola is situated in southwestern Africa. Angolan territory includes oil-rich Cabinda Province, which is separated from the rest of Angola by territory belonging to the Democratic Republic of the Congo. Years of war and hunting devastated Angola's populations of elephant, giraffe, rhinoceros, and other wildlife, as animals fled to neighboring countries or were killed. Efforts are underway to repopulate some species. Over half of Angolans live in urban areas. The nation's population of 19,625,353 is young, with 48 percent under age 15. Portuguese, the official national language, is used in government, schools, and commerce. Most Angolans speak Portuguese, but not everyone in rural Angola can read or write in Portuguese. Local languages are also spoken in Angola, although urban children usually favor Portuguese over their parents' native language. Returning Angolan war refugees have brought foreign languages with them, particularly French and English. The majority of Angolans are Christians. Due to Portuguese influence, Catholics comprise the largest denomination, followed by various Protestant faiths. Many Angolans rely on traditional healers and witchcraft. The economy relies most heavily on the oil industry, which is responsible for about 85 percent of Angola's GDP. Angolans remain some of the world's poorest people. Rural Angolans practice subsistence agriculture, with corn, beans, peanuts, cassava, potatoes, and sweet potatoes the principal crops. Many urban people earn a living by trading imported food or goods on the informal market.
Food Banking Status: In June 2014, a foodstuffs raising campaign was held in Luanda, Angola by the Food Bank Angola (BAA). BAA’s CEO is Albina Assis. Not much else is known about BAA.
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Antigua and BarbudaCountry Facts: The nation of Antigua and Barbuda is 171 square miles and is located southeast of Puerto Rico. Antigua is relatively low and flat and has a dry, sunny, desert-like climate most months of the year. Located across shallow water 30 miles north of Antigua, Barbuda is even flatter and is covered by shrubs and brush. It features beaches with pink sand, a seabird sanctuary, abundant wild deer, and plentiful lobster. Hurricanes periodically afflict the country. Drought and water management pose challenges, as does deforestation. Almost 98 percent of the country's population (~93,000) lives on Antigua. Roughly a quarter of all Antiguans live in the capital, Saint John's. The majority (87%) of Antigua and Barbuda's population is black. Those of mixed heritage make up 5%, while 2% is white. The remaining 6% consists of immigrants from Portugal, Syria, Lebanon, and others. Most white residents and are foreigners engaged in business and tourism, though many have acquired citizenship. A crossroads in the Caribbean, Antigua historically has attracted seafaring peoples, so Spanish and French peoples have mixed with the African population. The island has also drawn more recent immigrants from countries in the region. Racial disputes are virtually unheard of, and in recent years racial groups have begun to mix more socially. While tourism brings thousands of people to the island (especially in winter), contact between tourists and locals is limited mostly to professional services. Antiguans tend to be religious people. Most people belong to various Protestant groups.Various other Christian groups have facilities and churches on the island, and there are some followers of Islam, the Baha'i Faith, and Rastafarianism. Tourism is the primary industry and is responsible for earning some 60% of the country’s GDP. St. John's is also home to a commercial deepwater harbor. While most revenues from tourism go to foreign developers, Antiguans benefit from jobs and taxes on the industry. The majority of the population works in tourism. Some manufacturing exists, often related to the tourist industry (beds, towels, etc.). Antigua and Barbuda was hit hard by the 2008 global economic crisis. Antigua and Barbuda is a member of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) and the Organization of Eastern Caribbean States (OECS) and uses the East Caribbean dollar (XCD) as its currency. People keep small gardens in their yards, but most food is imported. Antigua is subject to drought and supports little agriculture or livestock raising. Tropical fruits (coconuts and mangoes) and vegetables (pumpkins, yams, and potatoes) grow well. There is some fishing, but hotels are increasingly expanding into spawning areas of the mangrove wetlands, threatening future catches.
The basic diet revolves around rice, peas (usually red beans or white pigeon peas), meat (chicken, pork, beef, goat), and fish, plus fruits and vegetables in season. During mango season, when mangoes ripen on trees by the thousands, people commonly turn their pots down (cook less) and eat large amounts of the fruit. At Christmastime, the bright red sorrel fruit is mixed with sugar and spices in a tea. Antiguans boast that their local pineapple (Antigua black) is the sweetest in the world.
A popular dish is seasoned rice (rice, peas, vegetables, and meat chunks with seasonings). Fungee is a soft bread made with cornmeal and okra that is baked in a bowl. Doucana is made of coconut, sweet potatoes, flour, sugar, and spices, served with spicy saltfish (dried cod). Pepperpot, a spicy vegetable stew, varies from home to home. Specialties include johnnycakes, or bakes (sweet fried dumplings); souse (pickled pigs' feet); and blood sausage (called rice pudding or black pudding). Fast food is making its way into the national diet. Sidewalk vendors sell roasted corn or peanuts as snacks.
Food Banking Status: Unknown
Opportunities to Help: The Global Youth Food Project may be able to share with charities and foodservice businesses here an App that can connect them when there is extra food that is available to be donated. GYFP is introducing this App in Barbados, starting in July 2016. People who will be in the Caribbean are encouraged to contact GYFP, if they are willing to share our App with caterers, restaurants, and other foodservice businesses who may have occasions when they have excess food they'd be glad to give to charities that feed the hungry.
ArgentinaCountry Facts:
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ArmeniaCountry Facts:
Food Banking Status: Unknown
Opportunities to Help: FLEX Exchange Program Alumni may be available to volunteer.
ArubaCountry Facts:
Food Banking Status: Unknown
Opportunities to Help: The Global Youth Food Project may be able to share with charities and foodservice businesses here an App that can connect them when there is extra food that is available to be donated. GYFP is introducing this App in Barbados, starting in July 2016. People who will be in the Caribbean are encouraged to contact GYFP, if they are willing to share our App with caterers, restaurants, and other foodservice businesses who may have occasions when they have excess food they'd be glad to give to charities that feed the hungry.
AustraliaCountry Facts:
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AustriaCountry Facts:
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AzerbaijanCountry Facts:
Food Banking Status: Unknown
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Bahamas, TheCountry Facts: The Commonwealth of the Bahamas consists of roughly 700 islands and 2,500 cays spread across more than 100,000 square miles of the western Atlantic Ocean. The nation's total land area is about half the size of Haiti. Only about 30 islands are inhabited. New Providence Island, just 21 miles long and 7 miles wide, is home to the capital, Nassau, and a majority of the nation's population. All other islands besides New Providence are collectively known as the Family (or Out) Islands. Most islands are flat with low rocky ridges. The islands are surrounded by coral reefs and clear, shallow water.
Situated in the trade wind belt, the Bahamas experiences warm temperatures year-round. From June to September, the hottest months, the average daily high temperature in Nassau is 88°F. During the coldest months of January and February, the average is 77°F. Summer is the rainy season. Climate is fairly uniform throughout the islands. Some sources estimate that 91% of the population (324,597) of the Bahamas is of African descent, 5% is of European descent, 2% is of mixed descent, and the remainder is of Asian and Hispanic descent. However, the Bahamian government does not track this information, because many Bahamians do not view themselves in terms of one ethnic category. Immigration from Caribbean nations, particularly Haiti, has swelled in recent years. The large majority of Bahamians live on New Providence Island, with the balance scattered throughout the roughly 30 other inhabited islands of the archipelago. Following Nassau, the largest urban center is Freeport, on Grand Bahama Island. Because of the nation's small size and population—as well as a socioeconomic homogeneity brought about by a large middle class—many Bahamians know each other or share mutual acquaintances, creating a small-community atmosphere throughout the entire nation. Home cooking is still generally preferred, but U.S. influence has brought fast food into the average household at least twice a week. Bahamian food is generally high in cholesterol and calories; much of the adult population may be considered overweight. International fare is available at restaurants in Nassau and Freeport. The Bahamian diet is rich in flavor and calories. For breakfast, Bahamians often eat grits with a main dish of eggs, fish, corned beef, or sausage. Lunch and dinner are typically heavy meals consisting of steamed or fried meat served with peas n' rice (rice combined with pigeon peas, a type of legume), coleslaw, potato salad, or macaroni and cheese.
The local delicacy is conch (a large mollusk; pronounced “konk”), which is eaten uncooked but called scorched conch (partially diced and marinated with lime juice). Conch can also be used to make conch salad (diced and marinated with citrus juice, and mixed with chopped tomatoes, peppers, and onions), cracked conch (tenderized by a mallet and fried), or a spicy chowder.
A wide variety of local fish (including snapper, margate, grouper, and wahoo) are baked, fried, broiled, grilled, or stewed. Chicken, the most popular meat, is fried, grilled, or used to make a spicy soup called chicken souse. Poultry, meat, and fish are the main ingredients in a steam or smudder, in which the meat is cooked in a thick sauce. Other favorite dishes include pea soup and dough (dumplings), crab and rice, and crab stuffed with a variety of ingredients. Many dishes are accompanied by Johnny cake (a round, pale bread). Favorite desserts include potato bread, coconut and pineapple tarts, guava and coconut duff (pudding), and fresh coconut pie. Peanut cake (a form of peanut brittle), benne cake (sesame seed candy), and parched (roasted) peanuts are common snacks. Tourism is the engine of the Bahamian economy. The sector employs roughly half of the workforce and supports a per capita GDP exceeded in the Western Hemisphere only by the U.S. and Canada. Most tourist infrastructure is located in Nassau, but tourism is strong in the Family Islands, where smaller hotels and resorts predominate.
This has brought good jobs and middle-class lifestyles to remote parts of the nation. Because the industry is dependent on U.S. visitors, it sometimes suffers during slumps in the U.S. economy. Financial services comprise the second largest economic sector. Fishing is also important, particularly on the Family Islands. The Bahamian dollar (BSD) is pegged to the value of the U.S. dollar. This simplifies currency exchange for U.S. tourists as well as for Bahamians, who make frequent shopping trips to the U.S. to buy goods unavailable in the Bahamas or to buy items that are cheaper in the U.S., such as clothing, household goods, and automobiles.

Food Banking Status: Unknown
Opportunities to Help: The Global Youth Food Project may be able to share with charities and foodservice businesses here an App that can connect them when there is extra food that is available to be donated. GYFP is introducing this App in Barbados, starting in July 2016. People who will be in the Caribbean are encouraged to contact GYFP, if they are willing to share our App with caterers, restaurants, and other foodservice businesses who may have occasions when they have excess food they'd be glad to give to charities that feed the hungry.
BahrainCountry Facts: Bahrain is nestled on the western side of the Arabian Gulf, between Saudi Arabia and Qatar. It is connected to Saudi Arabia by a causeway. The country consists of 33 islands, the largest of which include Bahrain Island, al-Muharraq, and Sitra. The country is generally flat with desert terrain dominating in the south. Natural springs have fostered the growth of vegetation and abundant date palm trees in the north for years; however, these springs are nearly exhausted. These biologically rich coastal waters are affected by oil spills and discharges from oil tankers and refineries. The arid climate, drought, and dust storms have led to the loss of productive land to the desert; only about 1 percent of Bahrain is arable. Bahraini citizens comprise only 46 percent of the total population (1,346,613). The remainder consists almost entirely of non-citizen expatriate workers. These expatriates come from Asia, Iran, and other Arab nations, with small numbers coming from Europe, Africa, and North America. The official language of Bahrain is Arabic. English is also widely used, especially in business and banking. Farsi, a Persian dialect, is spoken by many Shiʿi Muslims, but it is not officially recognized. Expatriate groups speak many other languages. It is common for people living in Bahrain to be bilingual or multilingual. Religion is a central part of Bahraini culture. Islam is the state religion, and more than 70 percent of those living in Bahrain are Muslim. The majority of the population is Shi‘i Muslim. The rest are Sunni Muslim, including the royal family. Religious freedom is the policy of Bahrain, and a number of Christian organizations (with 15 percent of the population) hold services. Due to social pressure, very few local Arabs attend these services or convert to Christianity. As an island nation with limited natural resources, Bahrain relies heavily on foreign trade. Oil reserves are increasingly limited, so the government has sought to diversify the economy through industries such as tourism and banking. Bahrain's high gross domestic product reflects the country's oil wealth but not necessarily personal prosperity. Fishing, another traditional occupation, continues to be important to the domestic economy but makes up only a small portion of Bahrain's export economy. Bahrain struggles with high youth unemployment and government debt.
Food Banking Status: Food banking is currently being established in Bahrain. The "Bahraini Food Bank" is listed as a member of the Middle East and North Africa Regional Food Banking Network, although it does not yet have a website.
Opportunities to Help: Youth Exchange and Study (YES) Program Alumni from this country may be available to volunteer.
BangladeshCountry Facts:
Food Banking Status: Food banking is currently being established in Bangladesh. The "Bangladesh Food Bank" is listed as a member of the Middle East and North Africa Regional Food Banking Network, although it does not yet have a website.
Opportunities to Help: Youth Exchange and Study (YES) Program Alumni from this country may be available to volunteer.
BarbadosCountry Facts: Barbados is the easternmost island in the Caribbean archipelago and is close to the north coast of South America. It is 166 square miles and divided into 11 parishes. The soil is very fertile, making the island lush with flowering trees, shrubs, and tropical flowers. Barrier reefs that surround the island make it particularly rich in marine life. It has a population of less than 300,000, most of whom are of African descent. The people of Barbados are called Barbadians or Bajans. English is the official language. Although more than 100 religions are practiced in Barbados, the majority (66%) of Barbadians are Protestant Christians. Roman Catholic (4%), Hindu, Muslim, and Jewish faiths are also practiced.
Bajan food is a unique combination of African and English traditions. Staples include rice, peas (legumes), potatoes, chicken, and fish. The national dish is flying fish and cou cou (made of okra and cornmeal). Seafood is popular and varies by region. Lobster, shrimp, red snapper, tuna, kingfish, mahi mahi, and dorado (a local fish) are commonly eaten. Sea urchin eggs are a delicacy. Goats and black-belly sheep provide meat. The tropical soil yields mangoes, papaya, bananas, cucumbers, tomatoes, guavas, avocados, coconuts, squash, eggplant, breadfruit, and numerous other fruits and vegetables. Popular local dishes include pudding and souse (mashed sweet potato steamed in pig intestine, served with pickled pork and cucumbers), pepperpot (a spicy stew), macaroni pie (baked macaroni and cheese), and conkies (cornmeal, coconut, pumpkin, raisins, sweet potatoes, and spices steamed in a banana leaf). Favorite pastries include jam puffs (a flaky jam-filled pastry) and turnovers (pastries filled with coconut and sugar). Fast foods such as pizza, hamburgers, fried chicken, and hot dogs are popular. Both cow and goat milk are popular. Tea is the term used for any breakfast drink (tea, Milo, Ovaltine). Barbados is well-known for its rum. Tourism has long been the largest economic sector and employer in Barbados. Natural resources include fish, sugarcane, tropical fruits, cotton, crude oil, and natural gas. The country exports sugar, rum, and textiles. Barbados is an active member of the Caribbean Community and Common Market (CARICOM). The currency is the Barbadian dollar (BBD), which is pegged to the U.S. dollar at a fixed 2–1 ratio.
Food Banking Status: The HIV Food Bank under the auspices of the Ministry of Health calls itself a food bank, but doesn't rescue food and only accepts donations that aren't damaged or expired. They serve only individuals who are in need because they have HIV or AIDS. They are located at Ladymeade Gardens, Jemmotts Lane, St. Michael. Donna Barker (467-9399) is the HIV Food Bank Manager/Nutritionist. Stasia Whittaker. The Barbados Homeless and Vagrant Society led by Kemar Saffrey has a much broader scope of service across Barbados. Their main address is 1st floor, 62A Tudor Street, Bridgetown, St. Michael and number is 246-434-2480.
Opportunities to Help: Barbados has a thriving tourism industry, which probably must throw away enough food, that if it were rescued, could feed the approximately 30,000 hungry there. Make plans to join the GYFP in Barbados in July 2016. We are planning to set up an app (Apple and Android) to allow potential donors of foods, especially prepared and perishable foods, to alert potential recipient charities know of donation pickup opportunities. We want to make it easy for the abundance of caterers, restaurants, cafes, resorts, convention centers, specialty food shops, fresh food retailers, etc. to donate to the nearest community kitchen rather than dispose of their surplus food.
BelarusCountry Facts:
Food Banking Status: Unknown
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BelgiumCountry Facts:
Food Banking Status: Belgium's Fédération Belge des Banques Alimentaires is a member of the European Federation of Food Banks (FEBA).
Opportunities to Help: Contact Jean-M. Delmelle at to find out opportunities to donate food and volunteer.
BelizeCountry Facts: Belize is a little bigger than Israel, located in Central America, and is bordered by Mexico, Guatemala, and the Caribbean Sea. The landscape is diverse for such a small area. The northern half of Belize is flat with marshes and lagoons, while coastal areas are covered by mangrove swamps. The land rises to the south and west, where the Maya Mountains are. More than 60% of the country is forested. Belize has the world's second largest barrier reef, with hundreds of small islands called cayes (pronounced “keys”). Rivers, forests, reefs, and cayes are home to thousands of plant and animal species. Belize has two seasons: dry (November–May) and wet (June–October). Humidity is high year-round. The south receives the most rain. Temperatures average between 80 and 85°F, although it is cooler in the mountains. Belize is subject to coastal flooding and hurricanes between June and November. Belize has a diverse blend of peoples. Mestizos, or people with mixed European and indigenous ancestry, represent 53% of the total population (347,369). Creoles, people with some degree of African ancestry, account for about 26%. People of full Maya blood comprise 11% of the population. The Garifuna, people who share a Caribbean and African background, comprise 6%. Belize City is the country's largest city. Each of the country's six districts has a main town where the bulk of that district's population lives. Many Belizeans live and work abroad, especially in the U.S. Meals in rural areas usually are less varied than in cities; rice, beans, tortillas, fresh fruit, and chicken are often the only available foods. Urban people might eat these foods in addition to burgers, tamales (cornmeal dough stuffed with filling and steamed in banana leaves), fish, and a variety of other dishes. In recent years, Belizeans have enjoyed more restaurant options, and as a result eating out has become more common. The most common staple is white rice and kidney beans. This dish may be accompanied by stewed chicken, beef, or fish. A staple among the Maya is corn, which is usually present in some form (such as tortillas) at every meal. Fish and seafood are common on the coast. Other popular foods include tamales (cornmeal dough stuffed with filling and steamed in banana leaves), panades (fried corn shells with beans or fish), meat pies, escabeche (onion soup), chirmole (a chicken soup that contains achiote paste, a dark blend of spices that gives the dish the nickname "black dinner"), and garnaches (fried tortillas with beans, cheese, and sauce). Fruits (such as bananas, oranges, mangoes, papaya, and limes) are abundant. Vegetables are more limited and often imported. Belize's economy, fueled by large amounts of foreign aid, has been expanding since independence. Belize is a member of the Caribbean Community and Common Market (CARICOM), a regional economic association. About 10% of the labor force is employed in agricultural production. The country's main food exports are sugar, citrus fruits, molasses, bananas, fish and shellfish. Sugar traditionally has been the primary cash crop, but citrus fruits are now nearly as strong. Some farmers are beginning to promote greater cacao bean exports for fine chocolate. Tourism, including ecotourism, is a fast-growing source of income.
Inflation is low, but unemployment remains a problem, especially among the youth. Although the country has experienced economic progress, that progress has not yet benefited the majority of the population. Poverty affects more than one-third of the total population, with the highest rates found in rural areas. The currency is the Belizean dollar (BZD), which is pegged to U.S. dollar at a 2:1 ratio.
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BeninCountry Facts:
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BhutanCountry Facts:
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BoliviaCountry Facts:
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Bosnia and HerzegovinaCountry Facts: The Federation of Bosnia and Herzegovina (the Federation), which is mostly populated by Bosnian Croats and Muslims, covers the western portion of the country, and the Republika Srpska (Serb Republic, or RS), which is home mostly to Bosnian Serbs, covers the north and east. In 1991, Bosnia had very few areas where only one ethnicity was present. Today, of the population of 3,867,055, Bosnian Serbs (37%) live mainly in the Republika Srpska. Bosniaks (also called Bosnian Muslims, 48%) and Bosnian Croats (14%) live mostly in the Federation. Sarajevo is the capital and largest city. About 40% of the population is urban. Bosnians speak a Slavic language that linguists classify as Serbo-Croatian. Religion is a highly politicized subject in Bosnia and Herzegovina. Today, 40 percent of Bosnians are Muslim, 31 percent are Orthodox Christian, and 15 percent are Roman Catholic. A small number of people are Protestant or Jewish. Animosity remains strong between the three religious groups. Bosnia and Herzegovina was one of the poorest republics of the former Yugoslavia, and production fell 80 percent between 1990 and 1996. Much infrastructure and private enterprise remain devastated. Resettlement, returning people displaced by the war to their homes, is an enormous economic challenge; efforts are underway to enact new property laws and rebuild infrastructure. The economy is dependent on the export of metals, remittances, and foreign aid. Incomes are rising, though unemployment still averages 44 percent and many people live in poverty. Economic coordination and reform are difficult because of Bosnia and Herzegovina's decentralized government, and foreign investment is weakened by excessive bureaucracy and a segmented market.
Food Banking Status: Bosnia and Herzegovina doesn't appear to have a food bank for humans, but it does have one for animals.
Opportunities to Help: Youth Exchange and Study (YES) Program Alumni from this country may be available to volunteer.
BotswanaCountry Facts:
Food Banking Status: Unknown
Opportunities to Help: Massmart (Walmart) has many stores here.
BrazilCountry Facts:
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Brunei Country Facts:
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BulgariaCountry Facts: Bulgaria is slightly larger than Tennessee. Much of the terrain is mountainous; the Rila Mountains in the south are the highest on the Balkan Peninsula. Plains dominate the northern and central regions. To the east lies the Black Sea. The Danube River on the northern border separates Bulgaria from Romania. Most (77%) of Bulgaria's total population (7,186,893) is ethnic Bulgarian. Another 8% is Turkish, and over 4% is Roma (Gypsy). Sofia, the capital, has nearly 1.2 million residents. Most people live in urban areas. The official language is Bulgarian, and nearly all inhabitants speak it. Russian was previously a required subject in school, so many people can speak it. English, German, and French are the most popular languages to study. Most Bulgarians are Christians, and the Eastern Orthodox Church claims a membership of almost 60% of the population. Muslims comprise about 8% of the population. Many people see religion as a matter of tradition, rather than one of strong faith. Bulgaria's transition to a market economy has been difficult. Most people struggle to meet their basic needs. The recent worldwide economic crisis threatens to undermine the government's efforts to promote economic growth, and workers are angry about the way the government has responded to economic problems. Bulgaria imports consumer goods, food, and heavy machinery. Tourism is an increasing source of foreign capital but is still underdeveloped.
Food Banking Status: The Bulgarian Food Bank is a member of the European Federation of Food Banks (FEBA).
Opportunities to Help: Contact Tsanka Milanova at to find out opportunities to donate food and volunteer. Youth Exchange and Study (YES) Program Alumni from this country may be available to volunteer.
Burkina FasoCountry Facts:
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Burma (Myanmar)Country Facts:
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BurundiCountry Facts: Burundians have been experiencing armed violence on and off since gaining independence in 1962. Its conflict issues are rooted in political, social, and historical tensions between social groups and families.
Burundi is one of the poorest countries in the world; its poverty caused by decades of civil war. More than 65% of families live on less than the equivalent of US$1 a day, and 46% of the population is under the age of 15.
Although much of the violence has subsided in recent years, extreme poverty, and a lack of resources, continues to be major causes of hunger in many families, causing health problems. Due to poverty most families cannot afford to adequately provide for their children’s care and education.
Agriculture is the backbone of Burundi’s economy. More than 90% of families in Burundi are subsistence farmers who rely on farming to meet their food, nutritional and income needs. However, Burundi is facing a food production deficit of over 32%,. This is due to the lack of use of modern farming methods and the crumbling of cultivable land, among other reasons.
Burundi is the most densely populated country in Africa with nearly half of the population lacking access to clean, safe drinking water. Lack of clean water is often a cause of illness.
Food Banking Status: Unknown
Opportunities to Help: GYFP is actively working with Hope Rising Action to assist in area near Rwandan border where close to 100% of children have suffered malnutrition.
CambodiaCountry Facts:
Food Banking Status: Unknown