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Taiwan to donate 17,400 tons of rice to 17 countries

TAIPEI--Taiwan will double its contribution to international food aid this year by donating 17,400 metric tons of rice to 17 countries, the Agriculture and Food Agency said yesterday.

The rice is expected to be shipped by June 30, said the agency, which estimated it could save 5.8 million people from starvation.

While 5,100 metric ton will be sent to typhoon victims in the Philippines, 3,100 metric tons is set for Syrian refugees in Jordan. Another 2,400 metric tons will go to Haitians still recovering from the destructive 2010 earthquake that hit the Caribbean country.

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