Agricultural commodities (1 - 10 of 26 items)
Foreign Assistance: Multiple Challenges Hinder the Efficiency and Effectiveness of U.S. Food Aid
GAO-08-83T: Published: Oct 2, 2007. Publicly Released: Oct 2, 2007.
The United States is the largest global food aid donor, accounting for over half of all food aid supplies to alleviate hunger and support development. Since 2002, Congress has appropriated an average of $2 billion per year for U.S. food aid programs, which delivered an average of 4 million metric tons of food commodities per year. Despite growing demand for food aid, rising business and transporta...
Foreign Assistance: U.S. Agencies Face Challenges to Improving the Efficiency and Effectiveness of Food Aid
GAO-07-616T: Published: Mar 21, 2007. Publicly Released: Mar 21, 2007.
The United States is the largest provider of food aid in the world, accounting for over half of all global food aid supplies intended to alleviate hunger. Since the 2002 reauthorization of the Farm Bill, Congress has appropriated an average of $2 billion per year for U.S. food aid programs, which delivered an average of 4 million metric tons of agricultural commodities per year. Despite growing de...
Foreign Assistance: North Korean Constraints Limit Food Aid Monitoring
T-NSIAD-00-47: Published: Oct 27, 1999. Publicly Released: Oct 27, 1999.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO discussed its completed assessment of the World Food Program (WFP) procedures to monitor and report on U.S. government-donated food aid to North Korea.GAO noted that: (1) U.S. policy is that no food aid will be provided to North Korea if it cannot be adequately monitored; (2) WFP has established procedures to track and monitor food aid deliveries in North K...
Agricultural Marketing: Federally Authorized Commodity Research and Promotion Programs
RCED-94-63: Published: Dec 29, 1993. Publicly Released: Jan 13, 1994.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO provided information on the Agricultural Marketing Service's (AMS) agricultural commodity research and promotion programs, focusing on the extent of: (1) check-off fund use; (2) AMS oversight; and (3) oversight coordination between AMS and other Department of Agriculture (USDA) agencies.GAO found that: (1) as of 1992, 11 of the 18 authorized check-off board...
Food Assistance: Information on Meal Costs in the National School Lunch Program
RCED-94-32BR: Published: Dec 1, 1993. Publicly Released: Dec 1, 1993.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO reviewed the costs of the National School Lunch Program (NSLP), focusing on the: (1) Food and Nutrition Service's (FNS) study on the cost of meals; (2) ability of school food authorities to produce meals at or below the reimbursement rate for free meals; (3) differences in meal production costs among regions; and (4) appropriateness of the index FNS uses to...
International Food Safety: Comparison of U.S. and Codex Pesticide Standards
PEMD-91-22: Published: Aug 22, 1991. Publicly Released: Oct 3, 1991.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO compared current U.S. and Codex Alimentarius Commission pesticide standards to determine the potential implications of such differences for U.S. trade and food safety.GAO found that: (1) key areas where differences existed between the Codex and U.S. processes for establishing pesticide standards include the mix of pesticides included in each system, the use...
Agricultural Trade: Review of Targeted Export Assistance Program
NSIAD-88-183: Published: May 24, 1988. Publicly Released: May 24, 1988.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO reviewed the Department of Agriculture's Targeted Export Assistance (TEA) program, focusing on the: (1) program's management, including the Foreign Agricultural Service's (FAS) documentation of its participant eligibility and funding allocation decisions; and (2) adequacy of the FAS evaluation process, how evaluations affect present and future funding alloc...
USDA's Commodity Program: The Accuracy of Budget Forecasts
PEMD-88-8: Published: Apr 21, 1988. Publicly Released: May 9, 1988.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO reviewed the accuracy of the Department of Agriculture's (USDA) commodity program budget forecasts for 1972 through 1986 to determine the reasons for errors.GAO found that the USDA commodity programs' budget estimates: (1) were substantially incorrect in most years, with absolute errors totalling $64.1 billion and averaging about $4.3 billion annually; and...
Food Assistance: Practices of the European Community and Selected Member Nations
RCED-88-102: Published: Mar 15, 1988. Publicly Released: Mar 15, 1988.
In response to a congressional request, GAO examined the food assistance programs of the European Community and four of its members, focusing on their program operation and use of agricultural surpluses.GAO found that: (1) both the European Community and individual member nations sponsor food assistance programs; (2) the program's primary aims are to assist the needy and reduce agricultural surplu...
Farm Payments: USDA's Proposed Changes to the $50,000 Payment Limit Could Be Improved
RCED-87-190: Published: Sep 11, 1987. Publicly Released: Sep 11, 1987.
In response to a congressional request, GAO reviewed the Department of Agriculture's (USDA) report to Congress on the $50,000-per-person payment limitation on farm program direct payments.GAO found that: (1) USDA proposed to limit total payments to any individual to $50,000 regardless of whether the individual owned or shared ownership of a farm; (2) the proposal would not achieve the desired effe...