U.S. food programs help children and farmers worldwide

Graphic: State Dept./M. Rios
Graphic: State Dept./M. Rios

Aid distributed through USDA food assistance programs in FY 2019 reached more than 4.4 million people in 45 countries in Asia, Africa and South and Central America.

Working through volunteer and international organizations, USDA’s various programs fund school meals and nutrition programs around the world and offer training and technical assistance to boost farmers’ productivity.

USDA’s McGovern-Dole International Food for Education and Child Nutrition Program provides food and helps developing countries create sustainable school meal programs. In FY 2019, agreements under the program brought $198 million in aid to nine countries including Cambodia, Haiti, Malawi, Mauritania, Mozambique and Uzbekistan.

USDA’s Food for Progress program, which seeks to boost farmers’ productivity and expand access to markets, worked in 33 countries in FY 2019, facilitating access to more than $131 million in agricultural financing and leading nearly 187,000 people to use improved farming practices or advanced technologies.

In Ghana, for example, Food for Progress helped 7,641 poultry farmers reduce production costs and earn more than $128 million in sales. The program’s aid also supported Indonesian spice farmers’ efforts to ensure their products meet the standards of international markets.