Donation From Brazil Supports Food Assistance To Poor Paraguayans In El Chaco
ASUNCIÓN – The Federative Republic of Brazil made, through its Charge d’Affaires in Paraguay, Minister Rafael de Mello Vidal, a donation of US$120,000 to the UN World Food Programme (WFP) to keep providing humanitarian assistance in two departments of the Paraguayan Chaco, Boquerón and Presidente Hayes, affected by floods in 2012.
Destination of the Donation
This donation will extend humanitarian assistance for 60 days- through June 2013- to 870 families, who will receive assistance through the ‘Food for Work’ modality. Through this modality, families will receive food in exchange for their work in recovering their livelihoods, which were severely affected by floods in the Chaco in April of last year. The families who will benefit are mainly indigenous and peasants engaged in subsistence agriculture.
The cash donation will allow WFP in Paraguay to carry out local food purchases of up to 100 metric tonnes (MT) to strengthen the internal market, encourage commercialisation by small farmer organisations, and provide 52,200 rations of food.