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USAID approves 10-month emergency food security plan.

by Pajhwok Report on 5 January, 2011 - 21:14

KABUL (PAN): The United States Agency for International Development (USAID)'s Food for Peace (FFP) office has approved a 10-month emergency food security programme to help vulnerable and food insecure families in Ghor province, the agency said on Wednesday.

In response to increased food insecurity due to floods, the program was launched to assist the 3,000 families affected by the 2010 floods in the Lal Sarjangal district, USAID said in a statement.

"This program will ensure that these vulnerable families have access to food from December 2010 through July 2011," the statement said.

The program will provide access to staple food items to meet the basic household food needs and improve the immediate food security of the flood-affected households.

USAID will provide $980,307 in grant funds instead of the usual US grown food commodities to Catholic Relief Services for program implementation.

The FFP office has awarded a grant to the World Food Program for a local purchase of 12,783 metric tonnes of wheat from the Ministry of Agricultural, Irrigation and Livestock's Strategic Grain Reserve, the agency said in a separate statement.

"This wheat is enough to feed more than 500,000 vulnerable people for approximately three months and is specifically intended to replace the food aid for Afghanistan that was destroyed by floods in Pakistan in August while stored in warehouses awaiting transport to Afghanistan," the statement said.

The USAID awarded the $15 million grant to the World Food Program's Protracted Relief and Recovery Operation.

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