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KOICA to Donate Food Aid to Nepal
By Anil Giri
Kathmandu Correspondent
KATHMANDU, Nepal — Korea International Cooperation Agency (KOICA) is all set to donate US$ 500,000 to the joint United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) and Nepal Government’s Food For Education Programme (FEP).

In a press statement issued here today, WFP said the aid by KOICA to WFP would support the continuation of mid-day school meals, locally known as ‘haluwa’, to more than 182,000 primary school children.

‘Haluwa’, a wheat-soya-blend food product provided by WFP, is a vitamin and mineral fortified food prepared with salt, sugar and vegetable ghee that boosts vital calorie and nutritional intake in children.

“Food insecurity often goes hand-in-hand with low school enrolment and reduced capacity to learn,” the statement quoted WFP country representative Richard Regan as saying. “Through providing children with nutritious mid-day meal, we are able to encourage parents to keep their children in school and ensure that children can focus on their studies instead of their hungry stomachs.”

According to the statement, WFP worked with the Ministry of Education to provide mid-day school meal as part of national FEP.

It further said WFP had also undertaken Girls’ Incentive Programme, which encouraged parents to send their daughters to school.



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Anil Giri serves as Kathmandu Correspondent for The Seoul Times.As a journalist he has worked for such news media as Annapurna Post, BBC, and Himalayan Times for years. He finished his both undergrad Economics degree and his MA degree in English Literature at Tribhuvan Univ., Kathmandu. He also holds a diploma in Development Journalism from prestigious Indian Institute of Mass Communication-IIMC, New Delhi, India.

 

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