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Brazil and Spain donate rice to Nicaraguans affected by disasters

Brazil and Spain made an important donation of rice to the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) and to the Government of Nicaragua for its distribution among Nicaraguans affected by natural disasters.

The contribution includes 1,095 metric tons of rice produced in Brazil and valued at more than USD519.000. Meanwhile the Government of Spain covered the shipping costs of the rice from Brazil to Nicaragua and the transportation costs (worth more than USD453.000) within Nicaragua to the areas affected by natural disasters.

The Brazilian rice will be part of the food rations that the Government of Nicaragua delivers to families in emergency situations. An estimated 60,000 people could be reached thanks to this donation over the next three months.

The high ranking officials present at the handover ceremony were: the Brazilian Ambassador in Nicaragua Luiz Felipe Mendonça Filho, the General Coordinator of the Spanish Agency for International Cooperation Development (AECID) José Manuel Mariscal, the Vice Minister of Family Economy María Antonieta Machado, the Deputy Secretary of International Cooperation at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs Valdrack Ludwig Jaentschke Whitaker, the Vice-Minister of Education José Treminio, the Secretary of the National System for Prevention, Mitigation and Attention of Disasters of Nicaragua Guillermo Gonzalez and WFP Deputy Representative in Nicaragua, Marc Regnault de la Mothe.

Brazil’s contributions to Nicaragua over the last two years amount to 4,121 Metric Tons of rice and beans for distribution among families affected by emergency situations and for the School Food Programme managed by the Ministry of Education. These in kind donations amount to more than USD3 million.

“This contribution confirms the compromise of the people and the Brazilian Government and the Nicaragua Government. Whenever it is needed, Brazil will lend a hand to this beloved brotherly country and will certainly not stop help its people,” said the Brazilian Ambassador in Nicaragua.

During the same period, Spain contributed with 284 tons of fortified cereal and vegetable oil worth more than USD511,000 for emergency response.

"WFP is grateful for the humanitarian contribution of the people of Brazil and Spain to strengthen the response capacity to natural disasters of the people of Nicaragua," said WFP Deputy Representative in Nicaragua.