WASHINGTON, Sept. 12, 2002 – The U.S. Department of Agriculture today announced that it will donate 9,000 metric tons of agricultural commodities to International Partnership for Human Development, Inc. (IPHD) for use in Republic of Congo under the Global Food for Education (GFE) program. IPHD, a private voluntary organization, will use the commodities for school feeding and school support programs.
The donation will include approximately 2,500 tons of soybean oil, 5,500 tons of rice and 1,000 tons of corn-soy milk.
IPHD will distribute 500 tons of soybean oil, 1,000 tons of rice and 1,000 tons of corn-soy milk to provide a daily school lunch over a 10-month period to 125,000 primary school children in kindergarten through sixth grade. The children are located in the coastal region of Kouilou and in the provinces of Pool, Bouenza, Brazzaville and Niari.
IPHD will also sell a total of 2,000 tons of soybean oil and 4,500 tons of rice, using the proceeds to repair 30 schools, buy cooking and eating utensils and school supplies for 72 schools, and initiate a malaria prevention program for up to 105,000 children.
The fiscal 2002 agreement with IPHD was signed on Sept. 4, 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 Al Ersoz of FAS at (202) 720-3405, or send an e-mail to Al.Ersoz@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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