A press release issued today by the United States Embassy in the Gambia has noted that the United States Department of Agriculture has awarded the Gambia $28.5 million which is equivalent to D1.482 Billion at a rate of D52 to $1. The award which is part of the McGovern-Dole Program aims “to reduce hunger and improve literacy and primary education, especially for girls”.
Below is the press release from the US Embassy in the Gambia.
By United States Embassy in the Gambia
UNITED STATES DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE AWARDS $28.5 MILLION TO THE GAMBIA
The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) has awarded $28.5 million to The Gambia to assist the country’s food security program. The funds are being awarded through the McGovern-Dole International Food for Education and Child Nutrition Program, which is administered by USDA’s Foreign Agricultural Service. This award is part of President Biden’s $2 billion additional funding to strengthen global food security, announced at the United Nations General Assembly.
The McGovern-Dole International Food for Education and Child Nutrition Program helps support education, child development and food security in low-income, food-deficit countries around the globe. The program provides for the donation of U.S. agricultural commodities, as well as financial and technical assistance, to support school feeding and maternal and child nutrition projects.
The key objective of the McGovern-Dole Program is to reduce hunger and improve literacy and primary education, especially for girls. By providing school meals, teacher training and related support, McGovern-Dole projects help boost school enrollment and academic performance. At the same time, the program also focuses on improving children’s health and learning capacity before they start school by offering nutrition programs for pregnant and nursing women, infants, and pre-schoolers.
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