Saudi Arabia Donates Dates To WFP Mauritania To Boost Nutrition During Lean Season

Published on 19 September 2011

The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) today received a Saudi donation of 202 metric tons of dates worth more than US$ 285, 000 to feed hungry families in Mauritania.

NOUAKCHOTT-- The Saudi donation will be distributed by WFP to approximately  27,000 members of the most vulnerable families through supplementary feeding centres (CRENAM) in eight  poverty-stricken regions of Mauritania (Assaba, Brakna, Gorgol, Guidhimakha, Trarza, Hodh el Charghi, Hodh el Gharbi and the capital Nouakchott). Each child, pregnant woman, nursing mother and centre assistant will receive a ration of approximately 7.5 kg of dates to share with their families.

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.