FOREIGN ASSISTANCE: Global Food for Education Initiative Faces Challenges for Successful Implementation
GENERAL ACCOUNTING OFFICE WASHINGTON DC
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At the July 2000 Group of Eight industrialized countries summit in Okinawa, Japan, President Clinton proposed a Global Food for Education Initiative GFEI whereby developed countries would provide school breakfasts or lunches to needy children in poor countries. The overall goal of the initiative is to contribute to universal education for all by school meals to attract children to school, keep them attending once they enroll,and improve learning. An estimated 300 million children in developing countries are chronically undernourished,and many of them are among an estimated 120 million who do not now attend school. At the same time,the president announced a 1-year,300-million pilot food for education program to be administered by the U.S. Department of Agriculture USDA to jump-start the proposed global effort. The pilot objectives are to use school meals to improve student enrollment, attendance, and performance.
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