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 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).

General information about this opportunity
Last Known Status
Program Number
Federal Agency/Office
Foreign Agricultural Service, Department of Agriculture
Type(s) of Assistance Offered
C - Direct Payments For Specified Use; H - Sale, Exchange, or Donation of Property and Goods
Program Accomplishments
Not applicable.
Food for Progress Act of 1985, Title XI, Part A, Section 1110, Public Law 99-198, 7 U.S.C. 1736o, Statute 99,1472
Omnibus Trade and Competitiveness Act of 1988, Part Title IV, Section 4303, Public Law 100-418, Statute 102,1397
Food, Agriculture, Conservation, and Trade Act of 1990, Part Title XV, Section 1516, 1572(1), Public Law 101-624, Statute 104,3663, 3702
Food, Agriculture, Conservation, and Trade Act Amendments of 1991, Part Title III, Section 335, Public Law 102-237, Statute 105,1859
FREEDOM Support Act, Part Title VII, Section 701, Public Law 102-511, Statute 106,3348
Federal Agriculture Improvement and Reform Act of 1996, Part Title II, Section 227, 265(b), Public Law 104-127, Statute 110,962
Farm Security and Rural Investment Act of 2002, Part Title III, Section 3009(b)(2), 3106, Public Law 107-171, Statute 116,281, 291
Consolidated Appropriations Resolution, 2003, Part Div. A, Title VII, Section 745, Public Law 108-7, Statute 117,44
Food, Conservation, and Energy Act of 2008, Part Title III, Section 3001(b)(1)(A), (2)(F), 3014(b)(2), 3105, Public Law 110-246, Statute 122,1820, 1826, 1833
Agricultural Act of 2014, Part Title III, Section 3201, Public Law 113-79, Statute 128,779
Agriculture Improvement Act of 2018, Part Title III, Section 3302, Public Law 115-334, Statute 132,4617
Who is eligible to apply/benefit from this assistance?
Applicant Eligibility
An intergovernmental organization , a private voluntary organization, a nonprofit agricultural organization or cooperative, a nongovernmental organization, a college or university in the United States (as defined by the National Agricultural Research, Extension, and Teaching Act of 1977) , 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.
What is the process for applying and being award this assistance?
Pre-Application Procedure
Preapplication coordination is not applicable.
Application Procedure
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 Procedure
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 location, as appropriate for application deadlines
Approval/Disapproval Decision Time
From 60 to 90 days.
Not applicable.
Not applicable.
How are proposals selected?
Proposals are selected based upon assessed need, technical and programmatic merit, organizational background, competence and experience, past performance and financial plan. The Notice of Funding Opportunity will describe the specific selection criteria and weighting.
How may assistance be used?
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.
What are the requirements after being awarded this opportunity?
Performance Reports: A baseline study, interim project evaluation and a final project evaluation are required and must be performed by a third party.
Not applicable.
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.
Other Assistance Considerations
Formula and Matching Requirements
Statutory formula is not applicable to this assistance listing.

Matching requirements are not applicable to this assistance listing.

MOE requirements are not applicable to this assistance listing.
Length and Time Phasing of Assistance
Agreements normally include program implementation periods of 3-5 years. Method of awarding/releasing assistance: Lump.
Who do I contact about this opportunity?
Regional or Local Office
None/Not specified.
Headquarters Office
Benjamin Mustovitz
1400 Independence Ave S.W; Stop 1030
Washington, DC 20250 US
Phone: 202-720-4221
Website Address
Financial Information
Account Identification
(Sale, Exchange, or Donation of Property and Goods) FY 18$162,226,150.00; FY 19 est $161,700,000.00; FY 20 Estimate Not Available FY 17$141,247,000.00; FY 16$161,362,494.00; -
Range and Average of Financial Assistance
Food for Progress cooperative agreements generally have 3-5-year implementation periods and awards ranging from $10-25 million.
Regulations, Guidelines and Literature
Food for Progress regulations are 7 CFR 1499 and contain references to other applicable regulations for this program
Examples of Funded Projects
Not applicable.


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