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WASHINGTON, July 17, 2001–The U.S. Department of Agriculture announced today that it will donate about 50,000 metric tons of U.S. wheat and 12,200 tons of soybean oil for monetization to the government of the Dominican Republic under the Global Food for Education (GFE) program.

Proceeds from the monetized commodities are expected to total approximately $13 million and will be used to fund community-based school feeding activities in under-served areas of the country. The program will provide grants for the most needy communities that are best able to develop proposals addressing the goals of the GFE program.

In addition to school feeding, some examples of community projects that may be funded under this initiative include school infrastructure, potable water systems, rural sanitation, nutrition education, and teacher training. An executive council made up of representatives from the U.S. Department of Agriculture, the U.S. Agency for International Development, and the Dominican Secretariat of Education will administer the funds.

The fiscal year 2001 agreement with the government of the Dominican Republic was signed on June 25, 2001. The donation will be made under USDA’s Section 416(b) program, administered by the Foreign Agricultural Service. This agreement is part of a $300 million pilot GFE initiative to expand access to basic education and improve childhood development in poor countries. Under this initiative, the United States is providing surplus agricultural commodities to improve student enrollment, attendance, and performance, with special emphasis on increasing female enrollment. The supply period for this donation is fiscal year 2001.

For further information, contact Paul Trupo at (202) 690-4827, or send an e-mail to Information on the GFE initiative can be found on the Internet at http:/

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