officials visit Unique Planet Aid, Inc. Food for Progress project in Mozambique
On February 16,
2005 more than 100 teacher-training students, HIV/AIDS Program Officers
and staff from Soya Canteens welcomed a US delegation headed by former
Deputy Secretary of Agriculture, James Moseley and Under Secretary Eric
Bost in the outskirts of Maputo, Mozambique. The event took place at one
of seven rural Teacher Training Colleges, supported by USDA’s Food for
Progress (FFP) Project implemented by Planet Aid, Inc. and its counterpart
in Mozambique, ADPP (a locally registered nongovernmental organization),
in cooperation with the American Soybean Association.
delegation tasted prepared soy food and was introduced to the Soy Canteen
Concept, which forms part of the Planet Aid Food for Progress Project,
implemented in the Province of Sofala.
delegation received a presentation on the Food for Progress program
and its successful implementation to present. They met with students
who participated in the program and who shared their stories from the
field along with their future perspectives. The students discussed how
they see themselves as key players in bringing needed education and
agricultural development into rural communities of Mozambique.
of the project: The Planet Aid, Inc. FFP project will run for three years
and includes a USDA donation of a total of 990 metric tons of nutritional
soy products and 9,000 metric tons of soybean oil for distribution.
soybean oil will be delivered and monetized over three years to pay for
the implementation of the comprehensive rural health and education program
Reach 200,000 Mozambicans
in rural communities with HIV/AIDS awareness & prevention, counseling
and mobilization through the Award Winning TCE Program (Total Control of
Support the training of
450 rural primary school teachers in Mozambique;
Distribute soy products to 2,900
families affected by HIV and AIDS;
Establish 50 Soy Canteens
serving 1,065,000 low-cost soy-based meals to people living with HIV/AIDS
and provide affected families with technical assistance from American
Ø Implement agricultural economic development in connection with each of the seven Teacher Training Colleges and 180 rural Primary Schools.