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Brazilian senate authorizes food donations to devastated countries

06-01-2011 10:19 BJT

BRASILIA, May 31 (Xinhua) -- The Brazilian Senate approved a bill on Tuesday authorizing the government to donate food to countries hit by natural disasters and social unrest last year.

Among the countries receiving donations are Bolivia, El Salvador, Guatemala and Haiti.

The bill called Interim Measure 519 had already been passed by the Chamber of Deputies, and will enter into force once the president approves it.

According to the measure, Brazil will donate 100,000 tons of corn, 500 tons of rice, 100 tons of beans, 10,000 tons of milk powder and one ton of vegetable seeds within one year.

Donations will be made through the United Nations World Food Program (WFP), and the amount of food sent to each country will be determined by the Brazilian foreign ministry in partnership with the WFP.

Editor:Wang Xiaomei |Source: Xinhua

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