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USDA TO DONATE AGRICULTURAL COMMODITIES FOR SCHOOL FEEDING IN BANGLADESH

WASHINGTON, Sept. 27, 2002 – The U.S. Department of Agriculture today announced that it will donate 24,400 metric tons of agricultural commodities to Land O’Lakes, Inc., (LOL) for use in Bangladesh under the Global Food for Education (GFE) program. A nonprofit division of LOL will use the commodities for school feeding and school support programs.

The donation will include approximately 23,900 tons of hard red winter wheat and 500 tons of nonfat dry milk.

LOL will barter 140 tons of nonfat dry milk in exchange for packaged ultra-high-temperature milk. The remaining 360 tons of nonfat dry milk and 23,900 tons of wheat will be sold in-country to fund activities designed to benefit 211,000 school children in approximately 950 schools by improving nutrition and health, increasing school attendance and enrollment for girls, and improving the learning environment. LOL will designate an organization to distribute the commodities from central depots to the schools and to monitor and collect data on the food distribution.

The fiscal 2002 agreement with LOL was signed on Sept. 9, 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 Michele Kouadio of FAS at (202) 720-0637, or send an e-mail to Michele.Kouadio@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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