Today, 925 million people across the globe suffer from hunger, which robs them of healthy, productive lives. In response, nations have joined together in a coordinated, global strategy to cut hunger and improve food security. By committing $3.5 billion over 3 years and establishing a results-oriented plan of action called “Feed the Future”, the U. S. government is boldly leading the way to increase agricultural productivity and incomes and decrease childhood malnutrition in developing countries. Overcoming the root causes of hunger will take time. Therefore, it is also critical for the U.S. to continue its innovative and live-saving food assistance programs. U.S. food aid programs are more than a hand out, they are a hand up, improving living conditions, incomes, nutrition and agriculture.
Planet Aid, Inc. along with its in-country implementing partners, ADPP Mozambique (ADPP) and the World Initiative for Soy in Human Health** (WISHH), are carrying out a 3.5-year multi-faceted health, nutrition, and educational development program to benefit more than 1 million students, teachers, parents, and community members in Mozambique. The program was launched in 2012 and is being carried out under the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s McGovern-Dole International Food for Education and Child Nutrition Program.*
This progress update focuses on two aspects of the program: teacher training and student literacy. The program aims to improve the academic performance of 60,000 children through better quality teaching, and is set to train 4,000 new primary school teachers in Mozambique. In addition to improvements in classroom teaching, the program will establish 242 School Clubs in each of the participating primary schools. The aim of the clubs is to create a broader more robust learning environment to further strengthen academic performance among children. Planet Aid – Mozambique Success Story – Progress in Training Primary School Teachers…(Mar-06-2014); Planet Aid.
* 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.
**A program operated by the American Soybean Association (ASA).
January 28, 2014, Washington, DC — The Alliance for Global Food Security urges Congress to pass the Agricultural Act of 2014, which reauthorizes international food aid programs that provide critical assistance to 60 million people a year– Food for Peace (PL 480), Food for Progress and McGovern-Dole International Food for Education and Child Nutrition programs. Importantly, under the PL 480 Title II donation program, at least $350 million is provided each year for development-focused food aid programs that improve the nutrition, agricultural productivity and incomes of poor, malnourished populations. …
January 16, 2014, Washington, DC — The Alliance for Global Food Security praised the FY 2014 Consolidated Appropriations Bill for providing realistic budgets for international food aid programs… Continue reading