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WASHINGTON, July 18, 2001–The U.S. Department of Agriculture today announced that it will donate about 8,300 metric tons of U.S. agricultural commodities to International Partnership for Human Development (IPHD) for use in the Republic of the Congo under the Global Food for Education (GFE) program. IPHD, a private voluntary organization, will directly distribute donated commodities to children and will also sell some of the commodities, using the proceeds for related school-feeding activities.

The donation will include approximately 2,000 metric tons of corn-soy-milk, 4,500 tons of rice, and 1,800 tons of soybean oil.

During the 2001/2002 school year, IPHD will provide a daily school lunch to 100,000 primary school children in the coastal region of Pointe Noire and the provinces of Pool, Brazzaville, and Niari. Up to 600 schools will participate. IPHD will arrange for the donated food to be prepared by a volunteer committee of village women, organized by the school principal or a designated teacher. Proceeds from monetizing some of the U.S.-donated commodities will be used to purchase cooking utensils and local foods to complement meals prepared at the school. IPHD will also use a portion of the proceeds to repair schools.

The fiscal 2001 agreement with IPHD was signed on July 3, 2001. The donation will be made under USDA’s Section 416(b) program, administered by the Foreign Agricultural Service. This agreement is part of the $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 Al Ersoz at (202) 720-3405, or send an e-mail to Information on the GFE initiative can be found on the Internet at

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