WASHINGTON, Sept. 4, 2001–The U.S. Department of Agriculture today announced that it will donate about 7,550 metric tons of U.S. agricultural commodities to Counterpart International, Incorporated, (CPI) for use in Senegal under the Global Food for Education (GFE) program. CPI, a private voluntary organization, will use the commodities for school feeding and health programs.
The donation will include approximately 50 metric tons of nonfat dry milk, 6,960 tons of rice, 430 tons of bulgur, and 110 tons of soybean oil.
During the 2001/2002 school year, CPI will provide daily meals to all students in the Podor district. In addition, CPI will provide medicine to deworm children, conduct nutrition education, and provide small improvement grants for schools.
The fiscal 2001 agreement with CPI was signed on Aug. 20, 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 Michelle Kouadio at (202) 690-0637, or send an e-mail to Ersoz@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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