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Donation From Brazil Supports Food Assistance To Poor Paraguayans In El Chaco

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Public ceremony with the presence of the Charge de'Affaires of the Brazilian Embassy in Paraguay, Minister Rafael de Mello Vidal; the Paraguayan Minister of Agriculture, Rody Godoy; and the Paraguayan Minister of the National Secretary for Emergencies, Rafael Valdez. Resident Coordinator of the UN in Paraguay, Lorenzo Jiménez de Luis and the Country Director of WFP in Bolivia, from where the Emergency Operation in Paraguay is being managed, Paolo Mattei, also attended the ceremony © WFP/Ximena Loza

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.