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WASHINGTON, Aug. 16, 2002 – The U.S. Department of Agriculture today announced that it will donate 5,000 metric tons of agricultural commodities worth more than $2.1 million to Adventist Development and Relief Agency International (ADRA) for use in the Republic of Yemen 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 4,500 tons of wheat flour and 500 tons of soybean oil.

ADRA will conduct a one-year program of providing take-home rations for girls in the Taiz governate of Yemen. The goal of the program is to provide support to the families of young girls in order to increase their access to primary education. The program aims to improve school enrollment for girls in grades 1 through 9. ADRA will provide take-home rations consisting of 50 kilograms (about 110 pounds) of flour and 4 liters (about 1 gallon) of soybean oil to 30,000 girls three times during the school year. ADRA will also work to develop and increase the capacity of local school councils, which will assist in the implementation of this program.

The fiscal 2002 agreement with ADRA was signed on Aug. 6, 2002. 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. The supply period for this donation is fiscal year 2002.

For further information, contact Katrina Reid of FAS at (202) 720-7507, or send an e-mail message to Information on the GFE initiative can be found on the Internet at

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