Emerging Markets Program

The primary objective of the Emerging Markets Program is to promote, enhance, or expand the exports of U.S.

agricultural commodities to overseas emerging markets through cost-share assistance to eligible organizations that implement an Emerging Markets Program.

The program supports the

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activities of U.S.

agricultural organizations aimed at enhancing the food and rural business systems of eligible emerging markets.

Agency - Department of Agriculture

Established in 1862, the Department of Agriculture serves all Americans through anti-hunger efforts, stewardship of nearly 200 million acres of national forest and rangelands, and through product safety and conservation efforts. The USDA opens markets for American farmers and ranchers and provides food for needy people around the world.

Relevant Nonprofit Program Categories

Program Accomplishments

Not Applicable.

Uses and Use Restrictions

Emerging Markets Program funds are authorized through project agreements that serve as binding instruments and create a legal obligation on the part of the Commodity Credit Corporation (CCC) to make appropriated funds available to the participant.

The agreement creates a cooperative relationship between CCC and the implementor with each side contributing resources to support achievement of mutual goals.

Program funds help finance activities such as feasibility studies, market research, sectorial assessments, orientation visits, specialized training, and business workshops.

The Program is not intended for projects targeted at end-user consumers.

Ineligible activities include in-store promotions, restaurant promotions, branded product promotions, administrative and operational expenses for trade shows and advertising, except in connection with specific technical assistance activities such as training seminars.

The specific restrictions upon the use of the assistance are detailed in the program regulations at 7 CFR 1486.

Eligibility Requirements

Applicant Eligibility

Applicants must be a: (1) U.


agricultural or agribusiness organization -- nonprofit, trade association, university, consultant group (under certain conditions), (2) State Department of Agriculture, or (3) USDA agency (or other Federal agency involved in agricultural issues) or commercial entities.

Beneficiary Eligibility

There are 4 types of eligible activities: (1) Assistance to U.S. individual experts in assessing the food and rural business systems of other countries. This type of EMP project must include all three of the following: ? Conduct an assessment of the food and rural business system needs of an emerging market; ? Make recommendations on measures necessary to enhance the effectiveness of these systems; and ? Identify opportunities and projects to enhance the effectiveness of the emerging market's food and rural business systems. (2) Travel assistance to enable individuals from emerging markets to travel to the United States so that these individuals can, for the purpose of enhancing the food and rural business systems in their countries, become familiar with U.S. technology and agribusiness and rural enterprise operations by consulting with food and rural business system experts in the United States. (3) Travel assistance to enable U.S. agricultural producers and other individuals knowledgeable in agricultural and agribusiness matters to travel to emerging markets to assist in transferring their knowledge and expertise to entities in emerging markets. Such travel must be to emerging markets. Travel to developed markets is not eligible under the program even if the traveler's targeted market is an emerging market. (4) Technical assistance to implement the recommendations, projects, and/or opportunities identified by assistance under (1) above. Technical assistance that does not implement the recommendations, projects, and/or opportunities identified by assistance under (1) above is not eligible under the EMP. (Proposals that do not fall into one or more of the four categories above, regardless of previous guidance provided regarding the EMP, are not eligible for consideration under the program.).


All eligible applicants must submit a written proposal in accordance with the guidelines set forth each year in the Federal Register. 2 CFR 200, Subpart E - Cost Principles applies to this program.

Aplication and Award Process

Preapplication Coordination

Preapplication coordination is not applicable.

Environmental impact information is not required for this program.

This program is excluded from coverage under E.O.


Application Procedures

2 CFR 200, Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles, and Audit Requirements for Federal Awards applies to this program.

Award Procedures

Announce Accept proposals Multi-stage review process (sufficiency review, merit review) Award (Agreement put in place).


Not Applicable.


The Emerging Markets Program is authorized by the Food, Agriculture, Conservation, and Trade Act of 1990 (FACT Act), as amended by the Federal Agriculture Improvement and Reform Act of 1996 (FAIR Act) Section 1542 (d).

Range of Approval/Disapproval Time

From 120 to 180 days.


Not Applicable.


From 120 to 180 days.

Assistance Considerations

Formula and Matching Requirements

This program has no statutory formula. Matching Requirements: non specific cost share is required for non-public entities. MOE requirements are not applicable to this program.

Length and Time Phasing of Assistance

Awards are generally let for a period not to exceed five years. See the following for information on how assistance is awarded/released: EMP is generally operated as a reimbursable program.

Post Assistance Requirements


interim (annual) and final reports are required.

Cash reports are not applicable.

Interim (annual) and final.

Full cost accounting is required in the final report.

Awardees must report performance against their specified performance measures.


Not Applicable.


No Data Available.

Financial Information

Account Identification



(Project Grants) FY 16 Not Available; FY 17 est $7,000,000; and FY 18 est $7,000,000

Range and Average of Financial Assistance

Generally grants are for small, focused projects ranging from $7,000 up to $500,000.

Regulations, Guidelines, and Literature

Regulations are at 7 CFR PART 1486

Information Contacts

Regional or Local Office


Headquarters Office

Lona Carlson-Powell 1400 Independence Ave, SW, Washington, District of Columbia 20050 Email: lona.powell@fas.usda.gov Phone: 2027208557

Criteria for Selecting Proposals

? Appropriateness of the Activity, including the ability of the applicant to provide an experienced U.S.-based staff with knowledge and expertise to ensure adequate development, supervision, and execution of the proposed project; the entity's willingness to contribute resources, including cash and goods and services of the U.S. industry, with greater weight given to cash contributions (for private sector proposals only); and the conditions or constraints affecting the level of U.S. exports and market share for the agricultural commodity/product (30%); ? Market Impact, including the degree to which the proposed project is likely to contribute to the development, maintenance, or expansion of U.S. agricultural exports to emerging markets; demonstration of how a proposed project will benefit a particular industry as a whole; and the quality of the project's proposed performance measures (50%); and ? Completeness and Viability of the proposal along with past program results and evaluations, if applicable (20%).

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