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Taiwan to donate rice to help feed poor in 17 countries

Taiwan to donate rice to help feed poor in 17 countries

Taipei, May 14 (CNA) Taiwan will donate 16,670 metric tons of white rice to 17 countries in Asia, Africa, Latin America and the Pacific this year, the national Agriculture and Food Agency (AFA) said Wednesday. The rice will be shipped by the end of June and the donations to the recipient countries will be managed by the World Taiwanese Chambers of Commerce, the World League for Freedom and Democracy ROC Chapter, Noordhoff Craniofacial Foundation, Buddhist Compassion Relief Tzu Chi Foundation, and Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA), according to the AFA. The donation of 16,670 metric tons of rice is intended to help feed refugees and poor people in Bangladesh, Cambodia, Indonesia, Jordan, Pakistan and the Philippines in Asia; Lesotho, Mozambique, South Africa, Swaziland and Zimbabwe in Africa; the Dominican Republic, Haiti, Honduras, Nicaragua and El Salvador in Latin America; and Tuvalu in the South Pacific, the agency said. The United Nations' Food and Agriculture Organization estimates that about one in nine people in the world live in chronic hunger, the AFA noted. As long as Taiwan's domestic food supply remains secure, the AFA said, it will continue to work with the MOFA and non-governmental organizations to donate rice for humanitarian purposes. Under the aid program, which started in 2002, Taiwan has donated more than 270,000 metric tons of white rice to people in 33 countries, the AFA said. (By Chiu Chun-chin and Kuo Chung-han)


Updated : 2021-09-23 14:04 GMT+08:00