Taipei, July 31 (CNA) Taiwan will donate 10,850 tonnes of milled rice this year for international famine relief under a food-aid project, the Council of Agriculture (COA) said Tuesday.
So far this year, eight applications have been approved for overseas food aid and a total of 8,700 tonnes of milled rice will be delivered via World Taiwanese Chambers of Commerce, Noordhoff Craniofacial Foundation, the Buddhist Compassion Relief Tzu Chi Foundation, and Taiwan Root Medical Peace Corps for delivery to countries affected by food shortages, the COA said.
Another 2,150 tonnes of milled rice will be donated through the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA) and the Christian charity World Vision Taiwan for food relief, the COA said.
The COA initiated the program in 2002 to provide rice annually to countries and regions suffering food shortages.
Under the project, government agencies and private charity organizations can apply to the COA for rice for their overseas food assistance programs.
Since the start of the program, the COA said, it has provided more than 240,000 tonnes of milled rice for distribution in countries in Africa, Latin America, the Asia Pacific and West Asia.
(By Yang Su-ming and Liu Shih-chun)