FAS leads USDA’s efforts to help developing countries improve their
agricultural systems and build their trade
capacity. These efforts help build
market-driven institutions and science-based
regulatory frameworks that facilitate trade and
create an environment conducive to agricultural
FAS also implements two food assistance programs, Food for Progress and McGovern-Dole, which help people in need around the world. FAS’s non-emergency food aid programs help meet recipients’ nutritional needs and also support agricultural development and education. These food assistance programs, combined with trade capacity building efforts, support long-term economic development and help countries make the transition from food aid recipient to commercial buyer.