Saudi Arabia Donates Dates To WFP Guinea-Bissau To Boost Nutrition During Lean Season

Published on 10 October 2011

The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) has received a donation of 59 metric tons of dates from Saudi Arabia worth more than US$ 233,000 to support vulnerable people in Guinea-Bissau.

BISSAU-- The Saudi donation will be distributed by WFP to approximately 107,000 individuals through the school meals programme, nutrition centres and HIV/AIDS and tuberculosis treatment centres across the country.

Dates are rich in vitamins and minerals, such as iron and calcium, and are a great source of energy and nutrients. They will complement the WFP food basket already received by these beneficiaries and their families and will provide much-needed nutritional support during the current lean season.

Each year, Saudi Arabia donates dates to WFP for distribution in countries affected by malnutrition and food insecurity.