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.
Uses and Use Restrictions
The activities under the program must be in accordance with the terms of the program.
A Cooperating Sponsor may be either: (a) A foreign government; (b) An entity registered with the Agency for International Development (AID) in accordance with AID regulations; or (c) An entity that demonstrates to CCC's satisfaction: (1) Organizational experience and resources available to implement and manage the type of program proposed, (2) Experience working in the targeted country; and (3) Experience and knowledge on the part of personnel who will be responsible for implementing and managing the program.
CCC may require that an entity submit a financial statement demonstrating that it has the financial means to implement an effective donation program.
The FFE program will focus on developing countries. The national government of the recipient country is fully committed to achieving the goals of the World Declaration on Education for All and should be taking steps to raise nutritional standards and improve the quality and availability of education.
The program introduction shall include information about the organization's past food aid activities with particular emphasis on school feeding, maternal child health or other relevant development activities, its experience with the country where the program is proposed, and any other relevant information to demonstrate its capability to implement the program in the country, with particular emphasis on the organizations ability to identify and assess the needs of beneficiaries, especially malnourished or undernourished mothers and children who are 5 years of age or younger, and school-age children who are malnourished, undernourished, or do not regularly attend school. 7 CFR 1599.4(b)(1).
Aplication and Award Process
This program is excluded from coverage under E.O.
7 CFR 1599.4 - SF424 Program Introduction Plan of Operation Budget Proposal.
Application deadline is included in the announcements on the FAS website.
About 60 days.
Farm Security and Rural Investment Act of 2002.
Range of Approval/Disapproval Time
Formula and Matching Requirements
Length and Time Phasing of Assistance
Agreements normally include assistance or program implementation periods of 1-3 years.
Post Assistance Requirements
The agreements and regulations require semi-annual reports for commodity logistics and the use of proceeds from the sale of the commodities 7 CFR 1599.15.
Organizations must submit quarterly financial reports for all funds advanced and all interest earned 7 CFR 1499.7.
Non-governmental cooperating sponsors are subject of the audit requirements of OMB circular A-133 as implemented in USDA by 7 CFR Part 3052. Audits of States, Local Governments and Non-profit organizations. The cooperating sponsor is also responsible for auditing the activities of recipient agencies that receive more that $25,000 of provided commodities or sale proceeds. 7 CFR 1599.16.
The Cooperating sponsor shall maintain records for a period of three (3) years from the date of export of the commodities that accurately reflect the receipt and use of the commodities and any proceeds realized from the sale of commodities. 7 CFR 1599.15(a)
(Grants) FY 07 $98,000,000; FY est 08 $98,000,000; and FY 09 est not reported.
Range and Average of Financial Assistance
Regulations, Guidelines, and Literature
7 CFR 1599.
Regional or Local Office
Director Food Assistance Division, Foreign Agricultural Service, Department of Agriculture, 1400 Independence Ave., S.W., Stop 1034; Washington, DC 20250-1034. Telephone: (202) 720-4221.
Criteria for Selecting Proposals
Improve food security; Reduce hunger; Improve education; 96 Maternal-child health programs; Government's commitment/action to improve school system; and, Graduate to long-term sustainability.
The Republic of Rwanda has been picked as one of the six African countries as beneficiaries for a new fellowship fund program designed at supporting social entrepreneurs in tackling issues on food security.