The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) is seeking public input on opportunities and challenges that affect the successful implementation of international school feeding programs, in particular, the McGovern-Dole International Food for Education and Child Nutrition Program. The McGovern-Dole program helps support education, child development, and food security in low-income, food-deficit countries around the globe. The program provides for the donation of U.S. agricultural commodities, as well as financial and technical assistance, to support school feeding and maternal and child nutrition projects.

The USDA’s Foreign Agricultural Service published a request for information (RFI) on January 23, soliciting input from stakeholders regarding current constraints and opportunities in school feeding, and seeking suggestions for improving USDA programming in the coming years.

McGovern-Dole projects are conducted by nonprofit charitable organizations, cooperatives, the United Nations World Food Programme, and other international organizations. The USDA’s Foreign Agriculture Service (FAS) announces a list of priority countries each year, based on factors such as per-capita income and literacy and malnutrition rates.

The USDA encourages replies from interested entities including, but not limited to, private voluntary organizations, the private sector, universities, international organizations, and research institutions with experience and knowledge of school feeding programs. The deadline for response is Feb. 7, 2020.

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