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United States Department of Agriculture

Food Aid Information System


Program: FFPr

U.S. Department of Agriculture

Foreign Agricultural Service

Office of Capacity Building and Development

Food Assistance Division

Food for Progress


Opportunity Announcement

CFDA Number: 10.606

Issue Date: May 6, 2013

Application Due Date: August 2, 2013 at 5:00 PM Eastern Daylight Time




A. AUTHORITY: The Food for Progress (FFPr) program is authorized by the Food for Progress Act of 1985, as amended.

B. PURPOSE: 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 typically “monetized” (or sold on the local market), and the proceeds are used to fund agricultural development activities.

C.  PROGRAM OBJECTIVES: For this announcement, the Foreign Agricultural Service (FAS) is concentrating FFPr resources toward developing the agricultural value chain.  To support the achievement of this goal, FAS has identified two high-level strategic objectives: (1) increase agricultural productivity and (2) expand trade of agricultural products (domestically, regionally, and internationally).  Applications that do not contribute to at least one of these two high-level objectives will not be funded.  Proposals should address both high-level objectives if necessary.  FFPr’s high-level objectives are supported by two results frameworks that identify results that contribute to these objectives and should be targeted under FFPr programs.  Applications must provide a target for each result indicator and an explanation supporting the target to be reached.  (For more information on these frameworks and how to incorporate them into applications, please see Annex 1 of the Proposal Guidance on the FAS Website at the following address:

D. PROGRAM PRIORITIES: FAS will give priority consideration to otherwise acceptable applications that align with its established FFPr priority countries, regions, and sectors.  Please note that it is not necessary to work in all priority sectors, and if opting to work in more than one sector, applicants should provide sufficient justification.  Similarly, it is not necessary to work in all priority regions.  Although all regions are equally prioritized, applicants must sufficiently justify the regions they propose to work in, particularly if it is not a Feed the Future (FtF) region. 

For any regions listed in which there is currently a FFPr project, FAS expects that proposed programs will build and expand upon existing programming.  For a list of active FFPr projects see:

In addition, FAS will give priority consideration to proposed projects that (1) expand domestic, regional, or international markets and trade through private sector participation and (2) leverage public or private sector resources in order to achieve lasting impact. 








Priority Regions






Priority Sectors












Oueme, Littoral, Atlantique, Mono, Couffo, Plateau






  • Post-harvest in fresh fruit and vegetable value chain
  • Livestock and aquaculture production development

El Salvador






All regions






  • Working with small shareholder Ag producers to help build agricultural value chains (open crops)
  • Diversification / risk management of existing coffee plantations







Western Highlands






  • Coffee risk management through improved seed varieties along with coffee cooperative development and efforts to decrease transaction costs and improve supply chain linkages.







All regions






  • Technical assistance and finance for agribusiness SMEs
  • Animal agriculture







All regions






  • Technical assistance and finance for agribusiness SMEs
  • Animal agriculture







Atlantic Coast






  • Working with artisanal fishermen to help build fishery value chain
  • Cocoa production, processing, and trade
  • Working with small shareholder Ag producers to help build agricultural value chains (open crops)







Mindanao (must include Western Mindanao)






  • Development of horticulture, livestock, and/or aquaculture value chains, including production, processing, and post harvest/cold chain infrastructure







Fatick, Kaolack & Kaffrine






  • Millet value chain with an emphasis on conservation
  • Agricultural market linkages and access to financial services







All regions






  • Technical assistance and finance for agribusiness SMEs
  • Animal agriculture



A.  TYPE OF AWARD:  All awards will be made in the form of competitive grants.

B. ESTIMATED FUNDING:  FAS expects to award approximately $250 million under the FFPr program in FY 2014. This number may change based on estimated freight and commodity costs.

C. AWARD SIZE:  Grants provided under the FFPr program typically average $10-$15 million.

D. EXPECTED NUMBER OF AWARDS:  FAS typically awards 7 to 10 FFPr grants annually.

E.  ANTICIPATED START DATE:  Funded projects are anticipated to start in September 2014.

F. PERIOD OF PERFORMANCE:  Project implementation should range from 3 to 5 years.



A. ELIGIBLE APPLICANTS: Applicants must meet the eligibility requirements stated in the FFPr Regulations (7 C.F.R. 1499.3), as follows:

(a) An entity will be eligible to become a participant only after FAS determines that the entity has:

(1)    Organizational experience in implementing and managing awards, and the capability and personnel to develop, implement, monitor, report on, and provide accountability for activities in accordance with 7 CFR 1499;

(2)    Experience working in the proposed targeted country;

(3)    An adequate financial framework to implement the activities the entity proposes to carry out under FFPr. In order to determine whether the entity is financially responsible, FAS requires that it submit its most recent audited financial statement to include the A-133 supplemental (if applicable). FAS may also require it to submit corporate policies and other financial materials that have been audited or otherwise reviewed by a third party;

(4)    A person or agent located in the United States with respect to which service of judicial process may be obtained by FAS on behalf of the entity; and

(5)    An operating financial account in the proposed targeted country, or a satisfactory explanation for not having such an account and a description of how an FFPr agreement would be administered without such an account.

(b) 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 and 7 CFR 1599.  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.

B. COST SHARING: Cost sharing is not required but is encouraged.  Applicants must document any cost sharing in their proposal submissions, as per 7 CFR 1499.4(d)(7).

C. SYSTEM FOR AWARD MANAGEMENT: Each applicant must be registered in the System for Award Management (SAM) prior to submitting an application.  The applicant must maintain an active SAM registration with current information at all times during which it has an active Federal award or an application under consideration by an agency.  The applicant must also provide its Data and Universal Numbering System (DUNS) number in each application it submits.


A. APPLICATION CONTENT: Applications for funding under Food for Progress must submit the information specified in 7 CFR 1499.4, which includes a completed form SF-424, an introduction that includes a strategic analysis, a plan of operation, and a proposed budget.  Additionally, applications must include a completed form AD-3030, past performance records, CV for Chief of Party or Country Director, a project-level framework(s), a performance monitoring plan, and an evaluation plan. Also, if applicable, proposals must include the applicant’s most recent audited financial statement and NICRA determination (if indirect costs are included in the proposed budget).  All proposal attachments must be submitted in PDF format. Additional guidance on preparing the required proposal components can be found on the FAS Food Aid website at:

B. METHOD OF SUBMISSION: The entire application package must be submitted electronically through the proposal entry module of FAS’s Food Aid Information System (FAIS), located at:  For guidance on entering proposals in FAIS, please see Appendix IV of the FAS Proposal Guidance.

C. DEADLINE FOR SUBMISSION: All applications must be submitted to USDA in the FAIS system by     5:00 p.m. Eastern Daylight Time, August 2, 2013.  Applications received after this date will not be considered.  FAS advises applicants to begin entering applications early to allow time to address any technical difficulties that may arise.  There will be no exceptions to this application deadline.

D. PUBLIC INFORMATION SESSION: USDA will hold a public information session to answer questions related to this announcement.  The public information session will be held on May 21, 2013 in room Hemisphere A (concourse level) of the Ronald Reagan Building at 1300 Pennsylvania Ave, NW in Washington DC from 8:30 am to 10:00 am.  Applicants who want to participate in the meeting by phone or the internet should send an e-mail to for instructions.  Applicants are encouraged to submit questions to prior to the public information session for USDA to answer at the session.   USDA will post questions and answers related to the solicitation at the following address:  


A. CRITERIA:  FAS will use the following criteria when reviewing proposals.

1. INITIAL REVIEW CRITERIA:  Prior to a comprehensive merit evaluation, FAS will perform an initial review to determine that:

a)  The applicant is eligible for an award;

b)  All information required by the announcement has been submitted; and

c)  The proposed project addresses the program priorities stated in this announcement.

2. MERIT REVIEW CRITERIA:  FAS will evaluate proposals using the following criteria.  It will also take into account negative factors that can reduce an application’s total score.

a)      Introduction/Strategic Analysis (35%)

Explanation of Need and Proposed Response

  1. Does the project design incorporate the solicitation's priority countries, geographic regions, and sectors?
  2. Does the application explain the need for the proposed activities and justify why the proposed activities are the most appropriate response?
  3. Did the organization work with the recipient government to develop the proposed activities? Does the project have support from the recipient government?
  4. Does the application describe what other stakeholders (host government, USG, other donors, private sector, etc.) are already doing to address agricultural development, and explain how the proposed program will complement and not duplicate these activities?
  5. Does the application explicitly describe its coordination with published USG strategies when applicable?
  6. Does the application explain how activities link to specific results within the Project-Level Framework?
  7. Does the application explain the need for specific results and the reasoning for including or excluding other results in the Food for Progress program-level frameworks, including a justification if new results were added?

Lasting Impact

  1. Does the organization work with public and/or private partners to ensure long-lasting, sustainable results?
  2. Does the proposed project have established partnerships with and buy-in from beneficiary groups/communities?
  3. Does the applicant provide a concrete plan with measurable targets for continuation of projects beyond Food for Progress support?

Organizational Experience

  1. Does the applicant establish project management capability, including its ability to implement, supervise, and support proposed project activities?
  2. Is applicant registered in country or does it offer a plan to become registered?
  3. Does the organization have experience in the country of the proposed program?
  4. If the applicant has had projects with USDA or other USG agencies, does the proposal show evidence of sustainable activities and indicators of positive impact?

Program Administration

  1. Does the application include appropriate positions and management structure for the program and an appropriate CV for Chief of Party?

b)      Commodity Management (10%)

  1. Does the application demonstrate that the commodity type and tonnage are appropriate for the market and will not disrupt commercial sales or disincentivize local production?
  2. Does the applicant have a clear plan to monetize or distribute the commodity?
  3. Does participant have monetization experience or plans to hire an experienced agent?
  4. Does the application address specific country concerns, including customs exemptions, import barriers, tariffs, etc.?
  5. Does the application include port, warehouse, and handling capacity in country as it relates to the commodity, tonnage, and packaging?

c)       Results and Activities  (35%)


  1. Are the proposed results, indicators, and targets attainable, realistic, and meaningful?
  2. Does the application incorporate results and the corresponding standard and illustrative indicators from the McGovern-Dole results frameworks?
  3. Does the application include results targets for each result indicator listed?
  4. Does the project-level results framework follow the application guidance and effectively illustrate the relationship among activities, results, and strategic objectives? 
  5. Does the application include a performance monitoring plan (PMP) that follows the application guidance and will allow the applicant to effectively measure results?
  6. Does the application present a comprehensive and realistic plan to evaluate the proposed program and its impact, in accordance with FAS’s evaluation policy?


  1. Do the activity descriptions clearly define how each activity will be implemented?
  2. Are the activities’ output indicators and targets attainable, realistic, and meaningful?
  3. Do activities’ output indicators accurately capture each activity’s scope, beneficiaries reached, and deliverables?
  4. Does the application provide a full explanation of the target beneficiary population and a sufficient rationale for why they were chosen?
  5. Does the application describe the capacity of all subrecipients and their role in project implementation?

d)      Budget (10%)

  1. Does the application contain a budget narrative that justifies the overall cost of the project and each administrative expense type and activity line item?
  2. Is the project cost-effective relative to the proposed activities, beneficiaries, and results?

e)      Overall Quality  (10%)

  1. Are all section of the applications consistent?
  2. Is the application clearly and concisely written?

f)       The following negative factors will reduce the application’s total score:

  1. FAS has terminated an agreement with the organization within the past 3 years as a result of a violation of the agreement by the organization.
  2. The organization has failed to pay a single substantial debt, or a number of outstanding debts (not including sums owed the Federal Government under the Internal Revenue Code) owed to any Federal agency or instrumentality, provided the debt is uncontested by the organization or, if contested, provided that the organization's legal and administrative remedies have been exhausted.
  3. The organization has failed to submit to FAS, or has submitted more than 5 business days after the due date, at least two required reports within the past 3 years.  Required documentation includes logmon/semi-annual performance reports, financial reports, evaluation plans, baseline data, interim and final evaluations, A-133 audits, subrecipient agreements and all other documentation required in the organization’s agreement.
  4. The organization has, on at least two occasions within the past 3 years, failed to respond, or responded more than 5 business days late, to an FAS deadline for documents required during a compliance review or during the close-out of an agreement.
  5. The organization has been designated high-risk by FAS, another Federal Government Agency or external auditor within the past three years and/or the organization’s most recent A-133 identifies material weaknesses.
  6. The organization has experienced a significant commodity loss valued at $20,000 or greater for which it was responsible during the past three years and/or the organization failed to notify FAS within 15 days of any commodity loss valued over $1,000 during the past 3 years.


The selection official will consider the following program policy factors in the selection process:

a)      It may be desirable to select projects for award that build upon existing program activities to reach the benefits of graduation and sustainability.

b)      It may be desirable to select projects that collectively represent diverse countries, types of projects, and sizes of applicant organizations.

c)       It may be desirable to select projects for award based on the applicant’s past federal award performance with respect to achieving program results.

While these factors are not indicators of the application’s merit, they may be essential to the process of selecting the application(s) that, individually or collectively, are most likely to achieve the program objectives.  Such factors may be beyond the control of the applicant.  Applicants should recognize that very good applications may not receive an award because they do not fit within a mix of projects which maximizes the probability of achieving FAS’s overall food assistance objectives.


1. REVIEW PROCESS:  FAS will review all complete applications that are submitted by the deadline in FAIS.  FAS will invite comments from other U.S. governmental agencies on its award recommendations, but FAS will make the final determination regarding which applications to fund.

2. DISCUSSIONS AND AWARD:  Prior to signing the grant agreement, FAS will enter into negotiations with all selected applicants.  These negotiations may include but are not limited to:

a)      The budget is not appropriate or reasonable for the proposed project;

b)      Only a portion of the application is selected for award;

c)       FAS needs additional information to determine that the recipient is capable of complying with the requirements in 7 C.F.R. 1499; and/or

d)      Special terms and conditions are required. 

Failure to resolve satisfactorily the issues identified by FAS will preclude award to applicant.

C. ANTICIPATED NOTICE OF SELECTION AND AWARD DATES:  FAS anticipates notifying applicants selected for award around January 2014 and making awards by July 1, 2014.


A.  AWARD NOTICES: FAS will notify each applicant in writing of the final disposition of its application through FAIS.  Once the approved applicant accepts that award, FAS will begin negotiations with the applicant to develop a grant agreement. The agreement will incorporate the details of the project as approved by FAS and in accordance with the FFPr regulations, 7 C.F.R. part 1499.

B.  REPORTING: An organization receiving funding under the FFPr will be required to provide semi-annual financial reports, semi-annual performance reports, an evaluation plan, a baseline study, a mid-term evaluation, a final evaluation, a work plan, and a monetization plan as provided in the grant agreement.  All reports must be submitted using the FAIS.  All organizations receiving funding will be required to report against the indicators in the agreement at each reporting cycle.  Changes in the original project timelines and adjustments within project budgets must be approved by FAS prior to their implementation.

C.  MONITORING AND EVALUATION: A program participant shall submit to FAS, in the manner specified in the agreement, an annual financial audit in accordance with 7 CFR 1499.13(d). If FAS requires an annual financial audit with respect to a particular agreement, and FAS provides funds for this purpose, the participant shall arrange for such audit and submit it to FAS, in the manner specified in the agreement. Additionally, a participant shall, as provided in the agreement, submit to FAS an evaluation plan, a baseline study, and an interim and a final evaluation of the agreement implementation. Unless otherwise provided in the agreement, the evaluation plan shall be submitted within 90 days of award date, the baseline study shall be submitted within 6 months of award date, and the evaluations shall be submitted at the mid-point and end-point of the implementation period in accordance with 7 CFR 1499.13(e). The participant shall provide to FAS additional information or reports relating to the agreement if requested by FAS.


Nicola Sakhleh, Branch Chief

Food for Development Branch

Food Assistance Division

Office of Capacity Building and Development

Foreign Agricultural Service



1400 Independence Ave, SW, STOP 1034

Washington, DC 20250


Phone: (202) 720-4221

Fax: (202) 690-0251

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