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Children like these in Pakistan benefit from food donated through the World Food Programme.

Children like these in Pakistan benefit from food donated through the World Food Programme.

03 March 2010

World’s Hungry Children Benefit from U.S. Agricultural Program, March 3, 2010

(McGovern-Dole Program to distribute more than 100,000 tons of food in 2010)

Washington — The U.S. Department of Agriculture will donate more than 100,000 tons of agricultural commodities valued at nearly $170 million in fiscal year 2010 under the McGovern-Dole International Food for Education and Child Nutrition Program, Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced February 26.

“I am proud of the assistance we provide to the world’s hungry children through the McGovern-Dole Program,” Vilsack said. “This important program provides a healthy meal, often the only one they receive, for millions of children, mothers and infants in developing countries around the world each day.”

The program helps support education, child development and food security in low-income, food-deficit countries that are committed to universal education. It provides for donations of U.S. agricultural products as well as financial and technical assistance for school feeding and maternal and child nutrition projects.

The 2010 allocations are feeding more than 4.8 million children in 18 developing countries in Africa, Asia and Latin America. In Bolivia, for example, children in more than 2,000 schools eat what is likely their only meal five days a week. In Senegal, the program provides children and mothers with a daily meal and supports nutrition education.

Currently, 32 active agreements are being funded with 15 cooperating sponsors in 28 countries, assisting more than 5 million beneficiaries. To date, the McGovern-Dole Program has provided meals to more than 22 million children.

The program is named in honor of U.N. Goodwill Ambassador and former U.S. Senator George McGovern and former U.S. Senator Robert Dole for their efforts to encourage a global commitment to school feeding and child nutrition. In October 2008, the two were recognized with the World Food Prize for their leadership in forging the link between the productivity of American farmers and the needs of hungry children around the world.

Following is a list of program allocations for fiscal year 2010:

New Programs in Fiscal Year 2010

Country

Cooperating Sponsor

Number Benefited

Estimated Value

Bolivia

Project Concern International

251,106

$6,179,842

Cambodia

World Food Programme

96,080

$16,861,977

Guatemala

Project Concern International

167,395

$5,118,489

Kenya

World Food Programme

652,657

$9,378,314

Laos

Humpty Dumpty Institute

85,485

$4,128,091

Liberia

World Food Programme

348,000

$6,435,578

Malawi

World Food Programme

388,709

$8,338,539

Mozambique

Joint Aid Management

603,770

$20,000,000

Pakistan

World Food Programme

300,000

$10,000,000

Pakistan

Land O’Lakes

169,200

$5,842,240

Senegal

Counterpart International

270,543

$8,458,220

Tanzania

Project Concern International

244,315

$7,717,615

Uganda

ACDI/VOCA

70,000

$12,177,597

TOTAL

3,647,260

$120,636,502

 

Previously Approved Allocations Through Multiyear Agreements

Country

Cooperating Sponsor

Number Benefited

Estimated Value

Bangladesh

World Food Programme

350,000

$7,970,344

Cambodia

International Relief and Development Inc.

85,282

$1,280,000

 

Cameroon

Counterpart International Inc.

36,000

$2,710,000

Chad

World Food Programme

103,500

$5,629,966

Ethiopia

World Food Programme

160,391

$4,466,751

Guatemala

Asociacíon SHARE de Guatemala

72,300

$9,140,000

 

Laos

World Food Programme

100,000

$2,990,738

Rwanda

World Food Programme

300,000

$9,107,523

Sierra Leone

Catholic Relief Services-U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops

36,800

$2,320,000

 

TOTAL

 1,244,273

$45,615,322

 

The total for all McGovern-Dole Program allocations is $166,251,824, benefitting 4,891,533 people.

More information on the McGovern-Dole Program is available from the Agriculture Department’s Foreign Agricultural Service, which administers the program.

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