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10 Sep 1999 description

Release No. 0358.99 FAS PR 0387-99 Andy Solomon (202) 720-4623 andy.solomon@usda.gov Eric Van Chantfort (202) 720-9443 WASHINGTON, Sept. 10, 1999

Agriculture Secretary Dan Glickman today announced that the U.S. Department of Agriculture will ship approximately 8.5 million metric tons of U.S. commodities under fiscal 1999 food aid programs, more than five times last year's 1.6 million tons, and the largest tonnage in at least 25 years.

"American food aid helps relieve hunger and suffering around the world," said Glickman.

13 Jul 1999 description
report United Nations

Natural disasters claimed more than 50,000 lives and resulted in economic losses exceeding $90 billion during 1998; while wars in Africa, Asia and Europe displaced millions more. This horrifying toll will set the scene for the Economic and Social Council's debate, when it begins its segment on humanitarian affairs on 13 July.