Market Access Program (MAP)

(U.S.) A U.S. government program authorized by the U.S. Food, Agriculture, Conservation, and Trade Act of 1990 and administered by the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Foreign Agricultural Service. Under the MPP, surplus stocks or funds from the Commodity Credit Corporation are used to partially reimburse agricultural organizations conducting specific foreign market development projects for eligible products in specified countries. Proposals for MPP programs are developed by trade organizations and private firms. Activities financed by the programs vary from commodity to commodity, and include activities such as market research, construction of a three-story wood demonstration building, construction of a model feed mill, and consumer promotion activities. (MPP is similar to the Targeted Export Assistance (TEA) program which was repealed by the 1990 Farm Bill.) Contact: U.S. Department of Agriculture; Foreign Agriculture Service; Marketing Operations Staff; 1400 Independence Ave.; Washington, DC 20250 USA; Tel: [1] (202) 720-4327; Web: www.fas.usda.gov/mos/programs/map.asp.

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