USDA Local and Regional Food Aid Procurement Program

Under the U.S.

Department of Agriculture (USDA) Local and Regional Food Aid Procurement Program program (USDA LRP program), recipients use FAS-provided funds to purchase eligible commodities in developing countries and pay for associated administrative and operational costs related to the implementation
of field-based projects in a foreign country pursuant to an agreement with FAS.

Funds provided by FAS under the USDA LRP program may be used to provide food assistance in the form of development assistance, an emergency response, or both through a field-based project.

Field-based projects intended to provide development assistance will be implemented for a period of not less than one year.

Food assistance may be provided under the USDA LRP program through local and regional procurement, food vouchers, and cash transfers.

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.

Program Accomplishments

Not Applicable.

Uses and Use Restrictions

Field-based projects that provide development assistance and emergency relief using locally procured commodities.

Resources may be used only in accordance with the regulations of the USDA LRP Programs at 7 CFR Part 1590.

Eligibility Requirements

Applicant Eligibility

Private voluntary organizations or cooperatives are eligible to participate.

Factors or priorities that affect the eligibility of the applicant/application may be found in the full text of the applicable notice of funding opportunity.

Priority consideration may be given to eligible entities that have, or are working toward, projects under the Food for Education (McGovern-Dole International Food for Education and Child Nutrition) Program established under section 3107 of the Farm Security and Rural Investment Act of 2002 (7 U.S.C.


Beneficiary Eligibility

Only food-insecure populations in developing countries are eligible beneficiaries under the USDA LRP Program.


A full list of application documentation is provided in 7 CFR Subtitle B (Regulations of the Department of Agriculture) Chapter XV (Foreign Agricultural Service) Part 1590, under Application process. 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 the applicable regulations for agreements implemented under other USDA food assistance programs as well as the terms and conditions of those agreements. 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. Applications are submitted via an online application found at []. Organizations are required to pre-register for user credentials before applying at this site. The application process is described in 7 CFR 1590.4

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 of FAS and the participant. A participant must comply with the terms of the agreement to receive assistance.


Not Applicable.


Food, Conservation, and Energy Act of 2008, Title III, Part C, Section 3206, Public Law 110-246, 122 Stat. 1840, 7 U.S.C 1726c, as amended by Agricultural Act of 2014, Title III, Part C, Section 3207, Public Law 113-79, 128 Stat. 780, 7 U.S.C 1726c.

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 assistance or program implementation periods of 1-2 years. Method of awarding/releasing assistance: lump sum.

Post Assistance Requirements


Semi-annual program reports are required.

No cash reports are required.

Semi-annual performance reports are required.

Semi-annual financial reports are required.

A baseline assessment, an interim evaluation and a final evaluation are required for development assistance programs.

Requirements for baseline assessments and interim and final evaluations for emergency programs will be specified in the agreement.


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 all project documentation and records and permit access to these for a period of 3 years after final financial report has been submitted in accordance with the requirements of 2 CFR 200.333.

Financial Information

Account Identification



(Project Grants (Cooperative Agreements)) FY 16 $5,000,000; FY 17 est $5,000,000; and FY 18 est $0 - Funding for this program is not anticipated for FY2018. This page will be updated if funding becomes available.

Range and Average of Financial Assistance

Individual applications may be valued between $1 and $2 million.

Regulations, Guidelines, and Literature

Local and Regional Food Aid Procurement program regulations can be found at 7 CFR 1590.

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

Criteria are dependent upon identification of specific project requirements and program priorities determined by the Foreign Agricultural Service's Office of Capacity Building and Development (FAS/OCBD) program area and its collaborators, especially the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), Department of State (DOS) and Department of Defense (DOD). Contact FAS/OCBD for additional information. This program does not fund unsolicited proposals.

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