Environmental Procedures - Emergency

USAID Emergency Food Assistance

USAID Emergency Food Assistance will be implemented in accordance with the Automated Directives System (ADS) Part 204.3.10: Environmental Review in International Disaster Scenarios (ADS 204) stipulations for International Disaster Assistance (IDA) and non-IDA funded Emergency Food Assistance. When all requisite exemption criteria are met, these activities are exempted under 22 CFR 216, with the exception of the procurement and/or use of pesticides. These exemption criteria are set forth in ADS 204.3.10(b). For emergency food assistance projects that are multi-year, the regular USAID development food assistance requirements for environmental compliance will apply.

For all exempted activities, the standards of The Sphere Handbook: Humanitarian Charter and Minimum Standards in Humanitarian Response apply. (See ADS 204.3). See additional guidance on environment in humanitarian action.

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Commodity Fumigation

All USAID Emergency Food Assistance must protect valuable, life-saving agricultural commodity from insect infestation in warehouses at ports and distribution points globally. Commodity is treated with the highly-effective, but very toxic, pesticide phosphine gas. To ensure the safe and effective use of this gas, USAID conducted a Programmatic Environmental Assessment (PEA) for Commodity Protection by Phosphine Fumigation in USAID Food Aid Programs which identified gaps and corrective actions for fumigation in warehouses, in particular, emphasizing issues of pesticide resistance reduction and integrated pest management approaches.

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Last updated: February 27, 2018

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