Washington -- The
U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) is providing $10 million
for 71 U.S. agricultural trade projects to be conducted
in Mexico, Brazil, Venezuela, Central America and elsewhere
around the world under what is called the "Emerging
In a July 18 statement, the USDA said that
the program, first authorized by Congress in 1990, supports
the promotion and distribution of U.S. agricultural products,
trade missions, research on new markets, and activities
that encourage free-trade policies. The program sponsors
seminars and training so that potential buyers in emerging
economies around the world can profitably use U.S. agricultural
The program defines emerging markets as
countries that have or are developing a market-oriented
economy and could be a viable market for U.S. products,
The underlying premise of the program, said
the USDA, is that emerging agricultural markets have "distinctive
characteristics" that can benefit from U.S. government
assistance. All agricultural commodities except tobacco
are eligible for consideration in the program.
The projects involve work with U.S. trade
groups, nonprofit organizations, universities and federal
agencies. In addition to the countries in the Americas,
projects in 2005 will be conducted in Asia, Russia, Eastern
and Central Europe, and Africa.
PROJECTS IN THE AMERICAS
In the Americas, the projects to be conducted
in fiscal year 2005 include $50,000 to study consumer attitudes
and usages for exporting U.S. almonds to Mexico and a $90,000
study of Brazil's competitive potential with regard to its
domestic policies, limits on agricultural growth and rising
domestic demand for agricultural products.
In Venezuela, a $16,825 project will revolve
around a USDA-sponsored "Institute of Food Technologists
Expo," to be held June 24-28, 2006, in the Venezuelan
capital of Caracas. A food technologist develops new and
improved food products and sets standards for producing,
packaging and marketing food.
In Central America, the state of Minnesota's
Department of Agriculture will conduct a $55,000 project
for market development of Minnesota products in that region
of the Americas.
information about the Emerging Markets Program is available
on the USDA Web site.
Washington File Staff Writer