S. Korea, WFP launch rural development project

16:33, May 31, 2011      

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South Korea has joined hands with the United Nations World Food Program (WFP) for a project aimed at reducing poverty and hunger in developing countries, South Korea's foreign ministry said on Tuesday.

The two struck a partnership earlier this month and have picked the Rwandan region of Cyanika and the Doti district of western Nepal for their pilot projects, dubbed "Food-for-New Village" initiatives.

Each will receive one million U.S. dollars from the South Korean government under the initiatives, with South Korean experts taking part in various rural development projects.

The joint project adds South Korea's community-based approaches to traditional work-for-food programs by the U.N. based on the country's "New Village" movement in the 1960s, which helped South Korea rise from poverty to one of the global economic powerhouses, according to the ministry.

Source: Xinhua
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