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USDA TO DONATE COMMODITIES FOR SCHOOL FEEDING IN MOLDOVA

WASHINGTON, July 24, 2001–The U.S. Department of Agriculture announced today that it will donate about 28,400 metric tons of U.S. agricultural commodities to International Partnership for Human Development (IPHD), a private voluntary organization, for monetization and direct feeding in Moldova under the Global Food for Education (GFE) program.

The donation will include approximately 16,400 metric tons of bread flour, 2,250 tons of corn-soy blend, 6,000 tons of rice, 1,500 tons of soybean oil, and 2,250 tons of corn-soy-milk.

During the 2001/2002 school year, IPHD will distribute monthly rations to 50,000 pre-school and kindergarten children and 250,000 primary school children, for a total of 300,000 children aged 11 years and under. IPHD will use monetization proceeds to enable schools to purchase local foods to complement U.S.-donated commodities used for school lunches. Up to 1,250 primary schools will benefit. In addition, to restart the school lunch program, IPHD will allocate funds to participating schools and pre-schools/kindergartens for purchasing materials such as pots, cups, plates, spoons, and other needed items.

The fiscal year 2001 agreement with IPHD was signed on July 6, 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 Karen Uetrecht at (202) 720-0761, or send an e-mail to Uetrecht@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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