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U.S. Government ships 75 tons of food to Kyrgyzstan in 2018

U.S. Government seeks to improve the nutrition of at-risk populations through a food donation to Talas oblast health and social institutions. The press service of the U.S. Embassy reported.

On September 20, 2018, Gary Linden, Mission Director for the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) in the Kyrgyz Republic, officially handed over 3,600 kilograms of lentils and vegetable mix to the Deputy Governor of Talas oblast, Aziyat Niyazalieva, and the Talas oblast Health Coordinator, Attokur Shadiev.

In 2018 the U.S. Government, through USAID, shipped 75 tons of food donated by the American people to the Kyrgyz Republic as part of a USAID Food for Peace initiative called the International Food Relief Partnership Program (IFRP). In the Kyrgyz Republic the program is administered by the Resource and Policy Exchange NGO and the local nonprofit Foundation Ergene who coordinates the distribution of the food throughout the country.

The IFRP is a USAID program that supports the production, transportation, delivery, and distribution of shelf-stable, fortified, and prepackaged foods by U.S. non-profit and public international organizations. The donated food, called Harvest Lentil Pro, is manufactured by the American company Breedlove Dehydrated Foods. Each package includes dried carrots, onions, rice and lentils.