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WASHINGTON, Aug. 27, 2001–The U.S. Department of Agriculture today announced that it will donate about 4,900 metric tons of U.S. agricultural commodities to Adventist Development and Relief Agency International (ADRA) for use in Madagascar under the Global Food for Education (GFE) program. ADRA, a private voluntary organization, will use the commodities to provide meals to about 50,000 primary school students.

The donation will include approximately 3,400 metric tons of corn, 900 tons of corn-soy blend, and 600 tons of nonfat dry milk.

During the 2001/2002 school year, ADRA will implement a school feeding program that will distribute a porridge of corn-soy blend and nonfat dry milk to students during each of the 180 days of the school year. These activities will be supported by the monetization of 3,550 metric tons of corn and nonfat dry milk. The monetization will take place in the region of the school feeding program.

The fiscal 2001 agreement with ADRA was signed on Aug. 16, 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 a message via the Internet to Information on the GFE initiative can be found on the Internet at

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