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2009 Programs and Events

U.S. Agricultural Program Helps Provide Food for Students And Teachers in Kampong Chhang

June 24, 2009: Kampong Chhang
Ridel looking into a pot

Michael Riedel inspects the school cooking facilities.

On June 24, the Embassy's Agricultural Attaché, along with State Department and USAID personnel, visited several schools in Kampong Chhnang province to observe the early implementation of a $1.3 million USDA-funded Food For Education (FFE) program implemented by International Relief and Development (IRD).  This multi-year FFE program will continue with additional funding of $2.5 million over the next few years.

IRD’s program operates in 91 primary and secondary schools throughout Kampong Chhnang, and will provide daily feeding for approximately 25,000 students and teachers.  The 1,930 tons of U.S. food will be provided over the life of the program will be used to encourage increased attendance, especially of female students, increase on-time enrollment primary school students, and increase the number of students completing both primary and lower-secondary school.

This FFE program complements a $1.75 million USAID-funded child survival and health (CSH) program also being implemented in Kampong Chhnang by IRD.  The CSH program reaches 34,200 children under five and women of reproductive age and aims to reduce maternal and child morbidity and mortality.  Both the FFE and CSH programs include a focus on hygiene, nutrition and the promotion of positive health behaviors.