Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - July 28, 1971, Lethbridge, Alberta
3t THE IETHBRIDGE HERAID VrWnciday, July 28, 1971. 36- IlW 1 B: us I Eas cou Pre joui T an hop tior al for trie an Pol iar "n ve Th iai Al Ki th ec fu Canadian split-pea soup a delicacy in highlands of Ecuador By PEYTON JOHNSON RIO BAMBA, Ecuador (CP) Most Canadians have eaten split-pea Canadian specialty but hardly a gour- met dish. Yet here in the An- dean highlands Canadian split-pea soup is exactly that delicacy. "We distribute Canadian split peas as part of our food- for-work projects said Pablo Stone, projects officer for the World Food Program, a development through food- aid effort sponsored by the United Nations and the UN Food and Agriculture Organi- zation. "At first the campesinos had no idea what to do with the stuff. Tried to chew the peas raw. I remember the faces they made." Stone, an American who has overseen WFP projects in Ec- uador for the last three years, explained that government home economists had to teach the serranos, or Highlanders, I the various ways to prepare the peas. "And that's how Canadian split-pea soup came to the Stone said. "Several thousand highland women now know how ID make it and more are learn- ing all the time." FILLS STOMACH Why its appeal here in the sierra? "Same as in Stone said. "It warms you up when you're cold. Most serranos live at altitudes from to feet. During the day, if the sun is out, it's not so bad. But stand in the shade and you freeze." "Another thing, these peo- ple are so poor they like any- thing that fills the stomach. "If it is also nutritious, fine. But they are too simple and too hungry to worry much about that." In Ecuador per-capita in- come is just a year and most of that comes from the tropical lowlands along the coast. In the sierra a man is lucky to earn half that figure. In all South America only Bo- livia and Paraguay are poorer and both have smaller popula- tions and larger national terri- tories. "Ecuador, especially An- dean Ecuador, needs all the help it can get, from WFP or Stone said. Since 1SC6, five WFP pro- jects have been launched in the country. Two are com- pleted and three still under way. They range from aid to the government in agrarian reform and colonization, affo- restation of the windy and badly-eroded sierra, construc- tion of rural roads and irriga- tion works, community devel- opment, feeding of pre-school children and expectant and nursing mothers. Canadian aid has figvred in every one of them. The split peas and other Ca- nadian foodstuffs that now are being distributed in Ecuador other countries around tlie part of Can- ada's national contribution to WFP. The Canadian delegation to the United Nations was instru- mental in setting up WFP, a voluntary program, In 1962. Since 1903, the year WFP op- erations began, Canada has pledged almost million in foodstuffs, cash and services. Only one nation, the United I States with just under million, has pledged more. I Between them the two North American countries have contributed two-thirds of the total WFP world pledges of THE FIRST SALISBURY, Rhodesia (AP) Gulammohamed Ismail, a new city council member, is the first person from Rhodesia's In- dian minority ever elected to the 30-seat body. MONTH-END 1HBM1 THRUSATURD" JULY M- 31 PLUS STOCK UP FOR THE CIVIC HOLIDAY WEEKEND L-MARTS WILL BE CLOSED MONDAY, AUGUST 2. AIM IS TO SAVE YOU MONEY ON INCLUDING GOVT INSPECTED RED OR BLUE BRAND BEEF GUARANTEED MEATS NATIONAL BRANDS FRESH PRODUCE ALL YOUR PURCHASES FROM L-MART ARE 100% GUARANTEED CHECK YOUR TOTAL FOOD DILL..