S. Korea provides US$10mil to Cambodia for school feeding programme

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  • Monday, 30 Mar 2020

Casino employees wearing face masks, as a preventive measure against the coronavirus, walking past the Naga Casino buildings in Phnom Penh on Monday (March 30). Cambodia’s Prime Minister Hun Sen ordered all casinos to close starting from April 1 as coronavirus cases climb. - AFP

PHNOM PENH: The Korea International Cooperation Agency (KOICA) on Monday (March 30) provided grant aid of US$10mil to Cambodia for implementing and expanding the Home-Grown School Feeding Programme, said a World Food Programme Cambodia (WFP)'s press statement.

"This is the first grant assistance supported by the KOICA," the statement said.

"It will be implemented over a period of 57 months between 2020 and 2024."

WFP-Cambodia will execute, oversee, and provide technical support to the project, based on its long-standing management of the school-feeding programme and the existing cooperation with the Cambodian Ministry of Education, Youth, and Sports, it said.

"The grant will contribute to linking school feeding to improved nutrition wellbeing and rural development by stimulating agricultural growth and increased food security through the purchase and use of locally produced food in the preparation of daily school meals," the statement said.

"It will benefit both school children and smallholder farmers."

The project will target about 65,000 children who study in food-insecure areas in Kampong Thom, Kampong Chhnang and Pursat provinces, with high rates of malnutrition and poor education indicators, it said.

It will also help generate income for 750 smallholder farmers who will become the food suppliers for the programme, the statement added. - Xinhua/Asian News Network
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