Food For Peace By the Numbers

The current food aid system was created in 1954 when the U.S. had a great agricultural commodity surplus and shipping it abroad was the best approach to feeding hungry people. But the world has changed. Despite urgent human need, the amount of food aid we ship has decreased by 64 percent over the last decade, largely because of rising costs. Meanwhile, the number of recorded disasters around the world has risen drastically in the last 30 years.

FFP FY 2015 Title II Cost Breakdown: Commodities 20%, Ocean Freight 9%, Inland Freight 7%, ITSH 35%, Section 202e 20%.

Other Associated Costs: Office of Food for Peace Administrative Costs
Commodities: Cost for purchase of commodities
Ocean Freight: Cost to ship from the U.S. to port of entry;
Inland Freight:Cost to move commodities from the port of entry inland to destination or to border of landlocked country
ITSH: Internal Transport Storage and Handling:  This cost includes storage, warehousing and commodity distribution costs; internal transport via rail, truck or barge transportation; commodity monitoring in storage and at distribution sites; vehicle procurement; in-country operational costs, and others, for the duration of a program. For more information, click here.
202e: Cash resources made available to FFP partners for enhancing programs, including through the use of local and regional procurement and other market based food assistance interventions; meeting the specific administrative, management, personnel, storage, and distribution costs of programs; and implementing income-generating, community development, health, nutrition, cooperative development, agriculture, and other development activities. This definition reflects changes made in the FY 2014 Farm Bill. 

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Last updated: February 26, 2016

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