WASHINGTON, July 18, 2002 -- The U.S. Department of Agriculture today announced that it will donate 1,560 metric tons of agricultural commodities worth more than $2.3 million to Adventist Development and Relief Agency (ADRA) for use in Bolivia under the Global Food for Education (GFE) program. ADRA, a private voluntary organization, will use the commodities for school feeding and school support programs.
The donation will include approximately 1,080 metric tons of wheat flour, 110 tons of soy-fortified bulgur, 110 tons of corn-soy blend and 260 tons of nonfat dry milk.
ADRA will conduct a one-year school feeding program which will include direct distribution to children in primary schools. The goal of the program is to improve school enrollment, attendance and performance to increase the likelihood that students will continue in secondary school. To support this objective, ADRA will distribute bulgur, wheat flour, corn-soy blend and nonfat dry milk to 87,572 children.
The donation will be made under USDA’s Section 416(b) program, administered by the Foreign Agricultural Service. The fiscal 2002 agreement with ADRA 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 2002.
For further information, contact Tosha Clark of FAS at (202) 720-5453, or send a email to Tosha.Clark@fas.usda.gov. Information on the GFE initiative can be found on the Internet at http://www.fas.usda.gov/excredits/gffei.html.
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