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USDA 2012 Food Assistance Programs to Benefit Nearly 10 Million Worldwide

WASHINGTON, April 2, 2012 – The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) today announced that international food assistance in fiscal year 2012 will benefit more than 9.7 million people worldwide under USDA’s Food for Progress and McGovern-Dole International Food for Education and Child Nutrition programs.

"These two international food assistance programs are important tools in the U.S. effort to support global food security and sustainable agriculture production through President Obama’s Feed the Future Initiative," said Michael Scuse, Acting Under Secretary for Farm and Foreign Agricultural Services. "With the world’s population expected to top 9.3 billion by 2050, these programs lay the foundation on which food-insecure nations can meet the needs of their citizens and build more vibrant economies."

Under the programs, USDA purchases U.S. commodities and donates them to government agencies and private-voluntary organizations in targeted countries. Food for Progress recipients in developing countries and emerging democracies sell the commodities and use the funds to introduce and expand free enterprise in the agricultural sector. For example, a past Food for Progress program in Bangladesh trained farmers to develop prawn nurseries, which generated more than $1 million in farmer income over two years. The McGovern-Dole Program focuses on low-income, food-deficit countries that are committed to universal education. Participants either use or sell the donated U.S. commodities to support education, child development, and food security. For example, in Mali, more than 45,000 children and adults in 120 schools have been fed by Catholic Relief Services with help from the program.

The commodities USDA is donating include U.S.-produced corn-soy blend, cornmeal, dehydrated potato flakes, dried beans, lentils, rice, sorghum, soy oil, soybeans, soybean meal, vegetable oil and wheat.

USDA’s Foreign Agricultural Service administers both the Food for Progress and McGovern-Dole programs. More information can be found at: http://www.fas.usda.gov/food-aid.asp.

USDA’s food aid programs contribute to the goals of President Obama’s global hunger and food security initiative, Feed the Future. Feed the Future is part of a multilateral effort launched at the L’Aquila World Summit on Food Security in 2009 to accelerate progress toward the Millennium Development Goal of halving the proportion of people living in extreme poverty and suffering from hunger by 2015. More information on Feed the Future can be found at: http://www.feedthefuture.gov.


Food for Progress: Fiscal Year 2012 Allocations

Country

Participant

Potential

Beneficiaries

Estimated

Value*

El Salvador

FINCA International

270,000

$11,000,000

Guatemala

Counterpart International

70,000

$7,500,000

Honduras

TechnoServe

550,000

$12,000,000

Mali

Aga Khan Foundation

710,000

$24,000,000

Mongolia

Mercy Corps

140,000

$6,800,000

Mozambique

Land O’Lakes

970,000

$22,000,000

Nicaragua

TechnoServe

270,000

$9,500,000

Nicaragua

Catholic Relief Services

1,490,000

$20,300,000

Senegal

International Relief and Development

1,560,000

$14,800,000

Senegal

Shelter for Life

20,000

$14,800,000

Tanzania

Catholic Relief Services

900,000

$15,300,000

TOTAL

6,950,000

$158,000,000

* includes shipping and freight costs


McGovern-Dole Program: Fiscal Year 2012 Allocations

Country

Participant

Potential

Beneficiaries

Estimated

Value*

Afghanistan

World Vision

80,000

$16,600,000

Cambodia

International Relief and Development

30,000

$6,900,000

Cameroon

Counterpart International

120,000

$16,400,000

Ethiopia

World Food Program

240,000

$26,500,000

Haiti

World Food Program

300,000

$8,000,000

Honduras

Catholic Relief Services

50,000

$16,000,000

Kenya

World Food Program

700,000

$9,700,000

Kyrgyzstan

Mercy Corps

70,000

$10,900,000

Laos

Catholic Relief Services

30,000

$12,000,000

Liberia

World Food Program

340,000

$6,400,000

Malawi

World Food Program

340,000

$8,300,000

Nepal

World Food Program

210,000

$6,000,000

Mozambique

Planet Aid

70,000

$20,000,000

Mozambique

World Vision

110,000

$20,000,000

Senegal

Counterpart International

30,000

$11,200,000

Sierra Leone

Catholic Relief Services

30,000

$10,800,000

TOTAL

2,750,000

$205,700,000

* includes shipping and freight costs

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Contact:
Linda Habenstreit, (202) 720-9442

USDA Release No. 0113.12
FAS-PR-0042-12


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