Food Security

FAS leads USDA’s efforts to help developing countries improve their agricultural systems and build their trade capacity. We also administer food assistance programs that not only help meet the nutritional needs of recipients around the world, but also support agricultural development and education to ensure long-term food security.

Programs

Food Assistance

Food for Progress

Provides for the donation of U.S. commodities to help developing countries modernize and strengthen their agricultural sectors.
Supports projects around the world to reduce hunger and improve literacy and primary education, especially for girls.
Supports field-based projects that provide development assistance and emergency food relief using locally procured commodities.
Funds set in reserve to help the United States respond to emergency food needs worldwide.
Fellowships and Exchanges

Borlaug Fellowship Program

The Borlaug Fellowship Program offers mentoring and training to researchers and policymakers from developing countries to help promote food security and economic growth.
Fellowships and Exchanges

Cochran Fellowship Program

Provides short-term, U.S.-based training opportunities to agricultural professionals from developing and middle-income countries.
Fellowships and Exchanges

Faculty Exchange Program

Provides semester-long U.S. training opportunities to university-level agricultural educators from developing countries.
Provides fellowships to U.S. citizens to assist developing countries in establishing school-based agricultural education and youth extension programs.
Fellowships and Exchanges

Embassy Science Fellows Program

Places U.S. Government technical experts at American embassies abroad to provide expertise on issues relating to the environment, science, technology and health.
Supports collaboration between teams of scientific and technical experts from the United States and the People’s Republic of China.
Supports joint research, education, and extension projects between U.S. and international agricultural professionals.
Fellowships and Exchanges

Scientific Exchanges Program

The Scientific Exchanges Program supports scientific training, collaborative research and mentoring between U.S. scientists and international agricultural professionals.

Data and Analysis

Malnutrition is still prevalent in the Philippines. Among 12.7 million school-aged children assessed in 2019, 13.2 percent were stunted or wasted. The School-Based Feeding Program is one intervention to address undernutrition of school children.
The USDA/FAS McGovern-Dole International Food for Education and Child Nutrition Program is supporting education, child development, and food security in Sri Lanka. The objective of the Sri Lanka McGovern-Dole PALAM/A project is to reduce hunger and improve literacy and primary education, especially for young girls.
A number of factors have converged over the last 18 months to send global agricultural commodity prices to near-record levels. Russia’s invasion of Ukraine – and the potential loss of Ukrainian exports – was the latest development to push commodity prices higher.

News and Features

For FY 2023, USDA anticipates awarding up to $224 million in new McGovern-Dole cooperative agreements. USDA has identified the following as priority countries for FY 2023: Cameroon, Haiti, Mozambique, Nepal, Nicaragua, Sri Lanka, and Togo.
January 4, 2023
Communications to Congress

Food for Progress Program – FY 2021 Report to Congress

The U.S. Department of Agriculture, U.S. Agency for International Development, and U.S. Food and Drug Administration are launching the Food Safety for Food Security Partnership, also known as FS4FS. The initiative includes the investment of $15 million over the next five years to support the availability and trade of safe food products to reduce poverty, hunger, and malnutrition in low- and middle-income countries.

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