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USDA TO DONATE COMMODITIES FOR SCHOOL FEEDING IN GUATEMALA

WASHINGTON, Aug. 21, 2001–The U.S. Department of Agriculture today announced that it will donate about 21,020 metric tons of U.S. agricultural commodities to World SHARE Incorporated for use in Guatemala under the Global Food for Education (GFE) program. World SHARE, a private voluntary organization, will use the commodities to implement a school feeding program in 22 municipalities in Guatemala.

The donation will include approximately 20,250 metric tons of yellow corn, 460 tons of corn-soy blend, 40 tons of nonfat dry milk, 210 tons of rice, and 60 tons of soybean oil.

During the 2001/2002 school year, World SHARE will implement a school feeding program that will distribute approximately 1,020 metric tons of commodities to beneficiaries in high-poverty, rural areas of Guatemala. These activities will be supported by the monetization of 20,000 metric tons of corn. World SHARE will also provide food-for-work rations to community laborers to construct primary school classrooms.

The fiscal 2001 agreement with World SHARE was signed on Aug. 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 Ted Sirianni of FAS at (202) 720-5263, or send a message via the Internet to sirianni@fas.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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