the US Agency for International Development or USAID provided about 1.5 billion dollars in 2016 under the US farm bill for international food assistance through the food for Peace program funding provided by the US farm bill for this program primarily buys food in the United States and transports it to millions of needy people around the world a process called in-kind assistance in addition to buying food USAID can spend a portion of these funds on costs to implement and support projects such as storing food and warehouses obtaining vehicles to transport food and providing staff salaries and office equipment for organizations that implement projects these costs can also include agriculture or water and sanitation activities that could help with food security for example community members in Zimbabwe received support for a cattle dip tank to give their livestock insecticidal treatments to help improve livestock health and resilience to drought the 2014 farm bill increased the amount of money USAID can spend on these costs it also provided additional flexibilities for the use of these funds which the agency is used to provide food assistance through direct cash transfers and food vouchers in addition to in-kind donations and to buy food from local sources due to these changes Gao reviewed usaid x' oversight of funding to implement food for peace projects we found that the agency could enhance its financial oversight I'm Tom Milito the director in Gio's international affairs and trade team who led this work to find out more about our review of fufu piece implementation costs check out Gao – 17 – 2 – 4 on our website gao.gov

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