Food for Progress

The Food for Progress Program helps developing countries and emerging democracies modernize and strengthen their agricultural sectors. U.S. agricultural commodities donated to recipient countries are sold on the local market and the proceeds are used to support agricultural, economic, or infrastructure development programs.

Food for Progress has two principal objectives: to improve agricultural productivity and to expand trade of agricultural products. 

Past Food for Progress projects have trained farmers in animal and plant health, helped improve farming methods, developed road and utility systems, established producer cooperatives, provided microcredit, and developed agricultural value chains. Program participants have included private voluntary organizations, foreign governments, universities, and intergovernmental organizations. 

FAS solicits project proposals each year and provides a list of priority countries. Organizations eligible to apply include foreign governments, intergovernmental organizations, private voluntary organizations, cooperatives, and nongovernmental organizations. Colleges and universities – including land-grant institutions - are also eligible to apply to Food for Progress.

FY 2023 Food for Progress Awards Announcement

FY 2023 Food for Progress Funding Allocations

USDA Identifies 2024 Food for Progress Priority Countries

CountryPriority SectorsProject Focus
BeninFood Security and trade enabling environmentImprove agricultural trade enabling environment making Benin’s trade policy more transparent, science-based, and efficient.
CambodiaTrade enabling environmentImprove implementation and development of food safety regulations and capacity building in SPS. 
MadagascarFood Security and Climate Smart Agriculture (CSA)Address food security by increasing market access and promoting climate smart agriculture.
RwandaFood Security and trade enabling environmentAddress food insecurity and nutrition for domestic consumption and enhance cultivation and trade of export crops.
Sri LankaFood Security and CSAAddress food insecurity and improve climate resilience by utilizing climate smart techniques and enhancing market linkages. 
TanzaniaFood Security and CSAAddress food security and assist in the transformation from subsistence to commercial agriculture
TunisiaFood Security and CSAIncreasing production while incorporating climate smart technologies

Data and Analysis

Since fiscal year (FY) 2012, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Foreign Agricultural Service (FAS) and the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan’s Ministry of Planning and International Cooperation...
Charts and Graphs

Infographic: Feeding Our Future

Graphic illustrating USDA's role in promoting food security worldwide, which in turn creates new markets for U.S. agricultural exports.
Under USDA’s Food for Progress Program, USDA and ACDI/VOCA are working together to support the development of Ethiopia’s livestock feed sector...

News and Features

FAS has designated Benin, Cambodia, Madagascar, Rwanda, Sri Lanka, Tanzania, and Tunisia as priority countries for the Food for Progress program in FY 2024.
Communications to Congress

Food for Progress Program – FY 2022 Report to Congress

Communications to Congress

International Food Assistance Report FY 2022

Programs in Action

American farmers, ranchers, and agribusiness owners continue to have success abroad as USDA’s Foreign Agricultural Service works for U.S. agriculture.
The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Foreign Agricultural Service partners with World Initiative for Soy in Human Health (WISHH) to foster agricultural sustainability, boost food security and promote U.S. products around the world.