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WASHINGTON, Sept. 12, 2002 – The U.S. Department of Agriculture today announced that it will donate 2,000 metric tons of soybean oil to Project Concern International (PCI) for use in Nicaragua under the Global Food for Education (GFE) program. PCI, a private voluntary organization, will use proceeds from the sale of the commodity for school feeding and school support programs.

PCI will sell the crude degummed soybean oil to buyers in Nicaragua. This proceeds will be used to increase school attendance through school breakfasts, food security activities and training of teachers and parents. Daily breakfasts will be provided to 20,000 children in four municipalities in the department of Jinotega

The fiscal 2002 agreement with PCI was signed on Aug. 30, 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.

For further information, contact Valerie Brown-Jones of FAS at (202) 720-4228, or send a message via the Internet to Information on the GFE initiative can be found on the Internet at

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