Food for Progress

The Food for Progress program provides for the donation of U.S.

agricultural commodities to developing countries and emerging democracies that are committed to introducing or expanding free enterprise in their agricultural economies.

Donated commodities are sold in the recipient countries

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and the proceeds of the ?monetization? are used to fund agricultural development activities.

Food for Progress has two high-level strategic objectives: (1) increase agricultural productivity and (2) expand trade of agricultural products (domestically, regionally, and internationally).

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

Selected Recipients for this Program

RecipientAmount Start DateEnd Date
Partners Of The Americas Inc $ 370,000   2022-05-302022-05-30
Partners Of The Americas Inc $ 336,524   2022-02-242022-02-24
Cooperative League Of The United States Of America $ 11,260   2022-02-242022-02-24
Land O'lakes Venture37 $ 101,148   2022-02-182022-02-18
Land O'lakes Venture37 $ 3,663   2022-02-182022-02-18
Land O'lakes Venture37 $ 7,910   2022-02-182022-02-18
Land O'lakes Venture37 $ 16,761   2022-02-182022-02-18
Land O'lakes Venture37 $ 344   2022-02-182022-02-18
Technoserve, Inc. $ 229,040   2022-02-112022-02-11
Land O'lakes Venture37 $ 31,063   2022-01-212022-01-21

Program Accomplishments

Not Applicable.

Uses and Use Restrictions

Examples of past Food for Progress projects include training farmers in animal and plant health and improved farming methods; developing road and utility systems, establishing producer cooperatives, providing microcredit, and developing agricultural value chains.

All activities under the program must be implemented in accordance with the terms of the Food for Progress regulations, 7 CFR 1499.

Eligibility Requirements

Applicant Eligibility

A private voluntary organization, a nonprofit agricultural organization or cooperative, a nongovernmental organization, or any other private entity is eligible to submit an application under this part to become a recipient under the Food for Progress Program.

CCC will set forth specific eligibility information, including any factors or priorities that will affect the eligibility of an applicant or application for selection, in the full text of the applicable notice of funding opportunity posted on the U.S.

Government web site for grant opportunities.

Beneficiary Eligibility

The Food for Progress programs focuses on developing countries and emerging democracies that are committed to introducing or expanding free enterprise in their agricultural economies.


In determining whether an entity will be eligible to be a participant, FAS may consider the entity's previous compliance or noncompliance with the provisions of 7 CFR 1499. FAS may consider matters such as whether the entity corrected deficiencies in the implementation of an agreement in a timely manner and whether the entity has filed timely and accurate reports and other submissions that are required to be filed with FAS and other agencies of the United States. 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. The application process is described in 7 CFR 1499.4. Applications are submitted to FAS via an online application found on this Web site []. Organizations are required to pre-register for user credentials in order to apply.

Award Procedures

All applications are reviewed for completeness and then given to a technical review committee for a competitive review. After FAS approves an applicant's proposal, FAS will develop an agreement in consultation with the applicant. The agreement will set forth the obligations and responsibilities of CCC and the participant. A participant must agree to and comply with the terms of the agreement to receive assistance.


Contact the headquarters or regional office, as appropriate, for application deadlines.


Food for Progress Act of 1985, Title XI, Part A, Section 1110, Public Law 99-198, 99 Stat. 1472, 7 U.S.C 1736o, as amended by Food, Agriculture, Conservation, and Trade Act of 1990, Title XV, Part A, Section 1516;1572, Public Law 101-624, 104 Stat. 3663;3702, 7 U.S.C 1736o, as amended by Omnibus Trade and Competitiveness Act of 1988, Title IV, Part B, Section 4303, Public Law 100-418, 102 Stat. 1397, 7 U.S.C 1736o, as amended by Food, Agriculture, Conservation, and Trade Act Amendments of 1991, Title III, Section 335, Public Law 102-237, 105 Stat. 1859, 7 U.S.C 1736o, as amended by Freedom for Russia and Emerging Eurasian Democracies and Open Markets Support Act of 1992, Title VII, Section 701, Public Law 102-511, 106 Stat. 3348, 7 U.S.C 1736o, as amended by Food, Conservation, and Energy Act of 2008, Title III, Part A;B, Section 3001;3014;3105, Public Law 110-246, 122 Stat. 1820;1826;1833, 7 U.S.C 1736o, as amended by Agricultural Act of 2014, Title III, Part C, Section 3201, Public Law 113-79, 128 Stat. 779, 7 U.S.C 1736o, as amended by Consolidated Appropriations Resolution, 2003, Title A-VII, Section 745, Public Law 108-7, 117 Stat. 44, 7 U.S.C 1736o, as amended by Agriculture, Rural Development, Food and Drug Administration, and Related Agencies Appropriations Act, 1999, Title XI, Part C, Section 1125, Public Law 115-277, 112 Stat. 2681-45, 7 U.S.C 1736o, as amended by Federal Agriculture Improvement and Reform Act of 1996, Title II, Part A;C, Section 227;265, Public Law 104-127, 110 Stat. 962;974, 7 U.S.C 1736o, as amended by Farm Security and Rural Investment Act of 2002, Title III, Section 3009;3106, Public Law 107-171, 116 Stat. 283;291, 7 U.S.C 1736o.

Range of Approval/Disapproval Time

From 60 to 90 days.


Not Applicable.


Not Applicable.

Assistance Considerations

Formula and Matching Requirements

Statutory formulas are not applicable to this program. Matching requirements are not applicable to this program. MOE requirements are not applicable to this program.

Length and Time Phasing of Assistance

Agreements normally include program implementation periods of 3-5 years. Method of awarding/releasing assistance: quarterly.

Post Assistance Requirements


Semi-annual program reports are required.

No cash reports are required.

Semi-annual progress performance reports are required..

Semi-annual financial reports are required.

A baseline study, interim project evaluation and a final project evaluation are required and must be performed by a third party.


In accordance with the provisions of 2 CFR 200, Subpart F - Audit Requirements, non-Federal entities that expend financial assistance of $750,000 or more in Federal awards will have a single or a program-specific audit conducted for that year. Non-Federal entities that expend less than $750,000 a year in Federal awards are exempt from Federal audit requirements for that year, except as noted in 2 CFR 200.503.


Program participants shall retain records and permit access to records for 3 years after the project end date in accordance with the requirements of 2 CFR 200.333.

Financial Information

Account Identification



(Sale, Exchange, or Donation of Property and Goods) FY 16 $161,362,494; FY 17 est $141,200,000; and FY 18 est $166,000,000

Range and Average of Financial Assistance

Food for Progress cooperative agreements generally have 3-5-year implementation periods and awards ranging from $20-30 million.

Regulations, Guidelines, and Literature

Food for Progress regulations are 7 CFR 1499 and contain references to other applicable regulations for this program

Information Contacts

Regional or Local Office


Headquarters Office

Benjamin Mustovitz 1400 Independence Ave S.W; Stop 1030, Washington, District of Columbia 20250 Email: Phone: 202-720-4221

Criteria for Selecting Proposals

Proposals are selected based upon assessed need, technical and programmatic merit, organizational background, competence and experience, past performance and financial plan.

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