United States provides food aid to Mozambique

9 March 2010

Maputo, Mozambique, 9 March – Mozambique is due to receive food aid from the United States worth US$26.3 million, as part of the “Food for Progress” programme, the US ambassador to Mozambique said Monday in Maputo.

In a statement, the embassy said that the aid was part of a package worth US$145 million approved by the US federal government to several countries in Africa, Asia, Latin America and the Middle East.

In Mozambique the embassy said, the “Food for Progress” programme expects to help 57,000 people and the choice of country was based on “its agricultural focus, the country’s needs, the quality of the proposal and management of the organisation, experience and technical and financial capacity.”

“The entities sell products donated by the United States in beneficiary countries and use the revenues to carry out approved agricultural and rural development projects and , at the same time, help to deal with a lack of foodstuffs,” the statement said.

The initiative will provide 204,000 tons of rice, soy oil, soy, soy flour, vegetable oil and maize, which will be acquired in the US market. (macauhub)