Local and Regional
Local and Regional Food Aid Procurement Project (USDA LRP
Project) was authorized as a pilot program under the
Food, Conservation, and Energy Act of 2008 (Farm
Bill). The Farm Bill directs the Secretary of
Agriculture to implement a local and
regional purchase pilot program in developing
countries from fiscal year (FY) 2009 through 2012. CCC funding totaling $60 million will be made
available as follows:
$5 million in FY2009;
$25 million in FY2010;
$25 million in FY2011; and
$5 million in FY2012.
The primary purpose of the USDA LRP Project is to
examine the timeliness and efficiency of local and
regional procurement (LRP) as a tool to enhance USG
food assistance programs. LRP is based on the
premise that providing cash grants to purchase food
in surplus-producing areas of the country or region
where it will be distributed is a more time and cost
efficient approach to providing food aid in the
aftermath of a natural disaster or other food
crisis. This will protect against a decline
in food consumption, save lives, and reduce
The Pilot Program has four phases:
Study prior local and regional procurement
programs (FY2008 - FY 2009).
Develop guidelines (FY2009).
Implement field-based projects (FY2009 -
Independent evaluation (FY2012).
On January 16, 2009, the Secretary of Agriculture
sent phase one of the USDA study on local and
regional procurement to the House and Senate
Agriculture Committees (full report can be found
below). USDA has drafted interim program
implementation guidelines (phase two). These
Interim Guidelines were published in the Federal Register
on September 21, 2009 and were open for public comment for 30 days
(please see below for more information on the
In FY2010 and FY2011, USDA
accepted applications for
qualification and proposals for field-based projects
under the Interim Guidelines (phase three).
All field-based projects were completed by the end of FY2011.
In FY2012, USDA contracted an independent contractor
to complete an evaluation of the USDA LRP Project (phase four).
Local and Regional Procurement Project Resources
Questions or comments can be directed to the
Division at 202-720-4221
or via e-mail at LRP@fas.usda.gov.