USAID Supports Relief Efforts Using Chad’s Surplus Cereal Production

USAID Country Program Manager, Les McBride, and WFP Communications Officer, Miguel Tomas, examine the packaging material that has been manufactured locally for the local cereals procurement operation.
USAID Country Program Manager, Les McBride, and WFP Communications Officer, Miguel Tomas, examine the packaging material that has been manufactured locally for the local cereals procurement operation.

Ambassador Knight participated in a June 26 press conference to highlight an ongoing operation in Chad led by the World Food Program (WFP) and funded from a $1 million grant provided by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID).  The grant funds WFP’s purchase of grain from Chadian farmers in regions of the country where there was surplus production in 2014.   The grain is then transported to the Lake Chad area where emergency feeding requirements have been identified targeting refugees, returnees and displaced persons.  Following purchase of the grain, and prior to its transfer to the Lake Chad region, it is rebadged into packaging material that identifies the United States of America as the funding source.  The ability to purchase grain locally, as opposed to importing surplus production from the United States, is a relatively new development that has been made possible under the Obama administration.  Also participating in the June 26 press conference were the WFP Representative for Chad, the Deputy Minister of Agriculture and Environment, and the head of a local farmers’ group from which WFP had made some of its grain purchases.