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Mahamad Rodzi Abdul Ghani

DATE

14/09/2004

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Mahamad Rodzi Abdul Ghani

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Dow Jones

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USDA To Donate Veg Oil, Soy Products To Mozambique
13/09/04 CEDAR FALLS, Iowa (Dow Jones)--The U.S. Department ofAgriculture Monday announced that it will donate 3,000 metric tons ofcrude degummed soybean oil and 330 tons of soy products (textured soyprotein, soy protein concentrate and defatted soy flour) to Planet Aid,Inc., a private voluntary organization, for use in Mozambique, accordingto information from the U.S. Department of Agriculture's ForeignAgricultural Service web site.This is a three-year program, providing the same commodities in thesame amounts each year.Planet Aid will sell the soybean oil and use the proceeds to educate200,000 people in HIV/AIDS-affected communities about the disease andprevention methods. Funds will also be used to recruit 450 primary schoolteachers, implement an agricultural development program, financiallysupport the direct distribution of the donated soy products to 2,900HIV/AIDS-impacted families, and establish 50 soy-based canteens in ruralcommunities that will feed HIV/AIDS patients free and charge a minimalprice for others.The donation will be made under USDA's Food for Progress program,administered by the Foreign Agricultural Service. The supply period isfiscal year 2004.The Food for Progress program provides for USDA donations ofagricultural commodities to needy countries to encourage economic oragricultural reforms that foster free enterprise. This year, USDA expectsto donate around 615,000 tons of U.S. commodities to 33 countries underFood for Progress.