U.S. Department of Agriculture: Emerging Markets Program
The Emerging Markets Program (EMP) assists U.S. entities in developing, maintaining, or expanding exports of U.S. agricultural commodities and products by funding activities that enhance emerging markets’ food and rural business systems, including reducing trade barriers. The EMP is intended primarily to support export market development efforts of the private sector, but EMP resources may also be used to assist public organizations.
EMP projects must fall into at least one of the following four categories:
(a) Assistance to teams (consisting primarily of agricultural consultants, agricultural producers, other persons from the private sector, and government officials expert in assessing the food and rural business systems of other countries) to enable those teams to make assessments of the food and rural business systems needs of the target market.
(b) Assistance to enable U.S. food and rural business system experts, including agricultural producers and other individuals knowledgeable in agricultural and agribusiness matters, to assist in transferring knowledge and expertise to entities from emerging markets.
(c) Assistance to enable individuals designated by emerging markets to consult with such U.S. experts to enhance the food and rural business systems of such emerging markets and to transfer knowledge and expertise to such emerging markets.
(d) Technical assistance to enable individuals or other entities to carry out recommendations, projects, and opportunities in emerging markets.
Amount: A total of $8,000,000 is available to make 40 awards. Most projects are funded at $500,000 or less and are typically approved for one year. All private sector proposals must include a cost-share element. Cost-share may be cash invested or in-kind contributions. While there is no minimum or maximum amount of cost-share, the degree of commitment to a proposed project, represented by the amount and type of private funding, is one factor used in determining which proposals will be approved for funding. Proposals for which private industry is willing to commit cash will be given priority consideration.
Eligibility: Any U.S. private or government entity (e.g., universities, trade associations, agricultural cooperatives, state regional trade groups, state departments of agriculture, federal agencies, for-profit entities, and consulting businesses) with a demonstrated role or interest in the export of U.S. agricultural commodities or products may apply. Proposals from research and consulting organizations will be considered if they provide evidence of substantial participation by and financial support from the U.S. industry. Foreign organizations whether government or private, may participate as third parties in activities carried out by U.S. organizations but are not eligible for direct funding assistance.
Eligible commodities: All U.S. agricultural commodities, except tobacco, are eligible. Agricultural product(s) should be comprised of at least 50 percent U.S. origin content by weight, exclusive of added water, to be eligible for funding. Proposals that seek support for multiple U.S. commodities are also eligible.
Eligible Markets: Only proposals that target countries or regional groups made up of countries classified below the World Bank’s threshold for upper middle-income economies will be considered for funding (see: https://datahelpdesk.worldbank.org/knowledgebase/articles/906519-world-bank-country-and-lending-groups).
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