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$20M U.S. Grant for Improving Children’s Nutrition

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PHNOM PENH, (Khmer Times) –The Ministry of Agriculture of the U.S. has granted USD20 million for improving children’s nutrition in the three Cambodian provinces of Battambang, KampongThom and Siem Reap over a one year period.
According to the U.S. Embassy in Cambodia, the grant will be administered through the World Food Program (WPF) located in Cambodia and will improve the lives of 150,000 children.
The program will be focused on improving the human resource sector in Cambodia and reaching the children who are in the greatest need and who do not have access to school.
During a visit to a project at the In Komar primary school in Svay Commune, Kampong Thom, Mr. Jeff Daigle, Chargé d’Affaires at the U.S Embassy, reiterated that the grant is not only for improving human resources in Cambodia, but also for the children from kindergarten to primary school (up to grade 6).  
Mr. Hang Chuon Naron, minister at the Ministry of Education Youth and Sports, said the grant from the U.S. Embassy is very important, especially for the nutrition sector, and will be given to the poorest children in Cambodia.   
To date, the Ministry of Agriculture of the U.S. has granted $47 million to 88 schools across Cambodia sponsored by the WFP.

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