WASHINGTON, Sept. 21, 2009—The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Foreign Agricultural Service (FAS) is seeking public review and comment on interim guidelines for local and regional food aid procurement projects. Until public comments are incorporated and the guidelines are finalized, these interim guidelines will be in effect. Eligible organizations may now submit applications for funding for field-based projects.
Local and regional food aid procurement projects were authorized under the 2008 Farm Bill. The primary purpose of these projects is to reduce the time it takes for food aid to reach vulnerable populations affected by food crises and disasters.
The guidelines set procedures and criteria for organizations to apply for and implement food aid field projects in developing countries using local and regional procurement. They also establish requirements for program implementation, monitoring and reporting.
FAS will provide Commodity Credit Corporation (CCC) grants to qualified organizations during fiscal years 2009 through 2012 to implement field-based projects that meet the food needs of targeted, vulnerable groups.
FAS will announce information sessions about these guidelines shortly. Interested organizations should consult www.fas.usda.gov/food-aid.asp for specific information on the date, time and location of these sessions.
A copy of the Federal Register notice is available at http://www.fas.usda.gov/info/fr/notices.asp. For further information, interested organizations should also consult www.fas.usda.gov/food-aid.asp. Comments should be submitted by e-mail to LRP@fas.usda.gov or to Jamie.Fisher@fas.usda.gov; by facsimile to (202) 401-0157; by mail to 1400 Independence Avenue, S.W., Washington, D.C., 20250-1034; or by hand delivery or courier to 1250 Maryland Avenue, S.W. Suite 400, Washington, D.C. 20024.
Comments should be received by Oct. 21, 2009. For more information, contact Jamie Fisher at (202) 720-5620.
FAS PR 0235-09