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Release No. 0305.08
Linda Habenstreit (202) 720-9442

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WASHINGTON, Dec. 17, 2008-Agriculture Secretary Ed Schafer today announced plans for $212 million in international assistance under Food for Progress in the current fiscal year of 2009. The commodity donations will benefit more than 7.5 million people in 13 countries in Africa, Asia, Latin America and the Middle East.

"Food for Progress has consistently helped developing countries advance economic reform and expand private enterprise," said Schafer. "We have done a world of good, providing electric power for rural families in the Philippines and training hundreds of school teachers in Mozambique, and with today's announcement, we will continue to do much more."

Allocations announced today include more than 280,000 metric tons of U.S. wheat and wheat flour, soybean and vegetable oil, soybean meal and yellow corn that will be purchased on the U.S. market and donated by USDA. The commodities will go to private voluntary organizations and foreign governments that will implement agricultural and rural development projects, while helping to address food shortages. The development projects are funded by sales of the donated U.S. commodities within the recipient countries. Approved projects will support agricultural and rural development, while helping to address food shortages.

Food for Progress provides U.S. agricultural commodities to developing countries and emerging democracies committed to introducing and expanding free enterprise in the agricultural sector. Commodities are currently provided on a donation basis to foreign governments, private voluntary organizations, non-profit organizations, cooperatives or intergovernmental organizations. Projects were chosen based on their agricultural focus, the country's needs, the proposal's quality and the organization's management, experience and financial and technical capabilities.

USDA's Foreign Agricultural Service administers the program, authorized by the Food for Progress Act of 1985

Food for Progress Program

Fiscal Year 2009 Allocations

Country Program Participant (Commodities*) Number Benefited Estimated Value ($millions)
Afghanistan Shelter for Life International (Wheat Flour) 130,000 $18.1
Bangladesh Cornell University (Soybean Oil) 779,525 $11.7
Dominican Republic Batey Relief Alliance, Inc. (Vegetable Oil) 64,600 $2.0
Dominican Republic Government of the Dominican Republic (Wheat) 700,000 $12.3
Ethiopia World Council of Credit Unions, Inc. (Wheat) 306,750 $12.5
Malawi FINCA International, Inc. (Wheat) 212,675 $6.9
Malawi Planet Aid, Inc. (Wheat) 2,251,230 $24.7
Mali International Relief and Development, Inc. (Vegetable Oil) 256,800 $10.8
Mali Aga Khan Foundation (Wheat, Vegetable Oil) 320,000 $19.5
Philippines Catholic Relief Services (Soybean Meal) 181,000 $6.8
Philippines ACDI/VOCA (Soybean Meal) 150,000 $9.6
Philippines Land O'Lakes, Inc. (Soybean Meal) 143,567 $8.2
Senegal National Cooperative Business Association (Soybean Oil) 125,780 $9.9
Senegal Africare (Yellow Corn) 56,350 $11.8
Uganda FINCA International, Inc. (Wheat) 249,130 $8.6
TOTAL   5,927,407 $173.4

*Commodities and tonnages are subject to change, pending negotiation of food aid agreements with program participants.

Previously Approved Food for Progress Allocations

Country Program Participant (Commodities*) Number Estimated Value ($millions)
Gambia, Guinea-Bissau, and Senegal International Relief and Development, Inc. (Vegetable Oil) 800,000 $10.0
Mozambique Planet Aid, Inc. (Wheat) 466,580 $9.1
Pakistan Government of Pakistan (Wheat) 400,000 $19.5
TOTAL   1,666,580 $38.6

*Commodities subject to change until called forward.

GRAND TOTAL All Food for Progress Allocations 7,593,987 $212.0