USAID and WFP Program Launch in Guinea

For Immediate Release

U.S. Embassy Conakry is pleased to announce the visit by U.S. Ambassador Dennis Hankins and USAID Mission Director Michelle Godette, along with the WFP Country representative, Elisabeth Faure, and Government of Guinea representatives to a Food for Peace School Meals site in Boke, Guinea on Friday, January 22.

As part of the U.S. Government’s efforts to support the economic recovery of Guinea in the aftermath of the Ebola Virus Disease, in March, 2015, the U.S. Government, through the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), provided $7.1 million as part of its cooperative program with the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP). As a result, WFP made its largest ever purchase of locally-produced rice, supporting local agricultural production and providing children with meals in 710 schools across Guinea.

Through the program 1,258 metric tons of locally-produced parboiled rice was purchased from four providers in N’Zerekore, Kankan, Boke and Conakry. Local purchases build local agricultural markets for locally produced rice. Additionally, farmers learn about the tendering process, how to bid for contracts, how to work with development partners, and are able to build relationships with banks in order to access extended credit at favourable rates.

The emergency school feeding program works in areas most affected by Ebola, providing daily hot meals to school children and take-home rations of vegetable oil to girls, both to meet emergency food security needs and to incentivize parents to send their children, especially girls, back to recently reopened schools.