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WASHINGTON, Sept. 19, 2001–The U.S. Department of Agriculture today announced that it will donate about 640 metric tons of U.S. agricultural commodities to Save the Children for use in Uganda under the Global Food for Education (GFE) program. Save the Children, a private voluntary organization, will use the proceeds to improve the educational environment in Uganda.

The donation will include approximately 160 metric tons of corn-soy blend, 150 tons of rice, 150 tons of corn meal, 60 tons of vegetable oil, and 120 tons of dry milk.

During the 2001/2002 school year, Save the Children will provide a meal at school to help children in impoverished districts of Nakasongala to maintain attendance at schools and enhance educational opportunities, especially for girls. A total of 5,000 children will benefit from the program.

The fiscal 2001 agreement with Save the Children was signed on Aug. 14, 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 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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