The Foreign Agricultural Service (FAS) links U.S. agriculture to the world, working to connect U.S. suppliers of agricultural products with overseas buyers and enhance global food security. In addition to its Washington, D.C. staff, FAS has an international network of 93 offices covering 171 countries. These offices, including the Office of Agricultural Affairs at the American Embassy in Cairo, are staffed by U.S. officers and locally hired agricultural experts who are the eyes, ears, and voice for U.S. agriculture around the world. FAS staff identify opportunities for U.S. exporters and build relations with a broad range of host country government officials and private sector stakeholders to advance opportunities for U.S. agriculture and support U.S. foreign policy around the globe.
FAS expands and maintains access to foreign markets for U.S. agricultural products by working to overcome trade barriers and by enforcing U.S. rights under existing trade agreements. FAS works with foreign governments, international organizations, and the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative to establish international standards and rules to improve accountability and predictability for agricultural trade. The U.S. and Egypt do not presently have a Free Trade Agreement.
Market Development and Export Assistance
FAS partners with 75 cooperator groups representing a cross-section of the U.S. food and agricultural industry and manages a toolkit of market development programs to help U.S. exporters develop and maintain markets for hundreds of products. FAS also supports U.S. agricultural exporters through export credit guarantee programs and other types of assistance which also make U.S. products more affordable to importers.
Data and Analysis
FAS’s network of global contacts and long-standing relationships with international groups contribute to the agency’s unique market intelligence capacity. FAS analysts provide objective intelligence on foreign market opportunities, prepare production forecasts, assess export marketing opportunities, and track changes in policies affecting U.S. agricultural exports and imports.
FAS leads USDA’s efforts to help developing countries improve their agricultural systems and build their trade capacity. The agency also administers food assistance programs that benefit people in need around the world.
FAS’s food security programs are a key component of Feed the Future, the U.S. government’s global hunger and food security initiative
Feed the Future
Fellowships and Exchanges
Global Food Security Act
Local and Regional Food Aid Procurement: Supports field-based projects that provide development assistance and emergency relief in food-insecure areas using locally procured commodities.
Scientific Cooperation Research Program: Supports joint research, education and extension projects between U.S. and international agricultural professionals.
Scientific Cooperation Exchange Program: Supports collaboration between teams of scientific and technical experts from the United States and the People’s Republic of China.
Faculty Exchange Program: Provides semester-long U.S. training opportunities to university-level agricultural educators from developing countries.
Embassy Science Fellows Program: Places U.S. scientists at American embassies abroad to provide expertise on issues relating to the environment, science, technology and health.
Cochran Fellowship Program: Provides short-term, U.S.-based training opportunities to agricultural professionals from developing and middle-income countries
Borlaug Fellowship Program: Offers mentoring and training to researchers and policymakers from developing countries to help promote food security and economic growth.
McGovern-Dole Food for Education Program: Supports projects around the world to reduce hunger and improve literacy and primary education, especially for girls.
Bill Emerson Humanitarian Trust: Reserve funding to help ensure that the United States can respond to emergency food needs worldwide.
Food for Progress: Provides for the donation of U.S. commodities to developing countries modernize and strengthen their agricultural sectors.
Buying U.S. Products
The United States is the world’s largest single country exporter of agricultural commodities and products which are recognized worldwide for their quality and safety. FAS offers a range of services to assist international buyers in locating American suppliers and sourcing products.
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FAS has a global network of offices covering more than 150 countries. Our U.S. Embassy office can help you locate U.S. products and suppliers.
FAS also partners with a variety of organizations representing the U.S. food and agricultural industry. Many of these organizations maintain product supplier lists and databases.
Directory of FAS Cooperator Organizations
Trade Shows and Events
In many countries, FAS’s Export Credit Guarantee Program and Facility Guarantee Program can help make commercial financing available for imports of U.S. food and agricultural products on deferred payment terms.
Whether you are new to importing or your company has been in the business for years, find out how FAS and its partners can help you build identify U.S. suppliers for products destined for the Egyptian marketplace.
FAS offers a variety of services and programs to assist Egyptian agricultural product importers connect with U.S. companies. From facilitating relationships with potential U.S. exporters to providing technical and financial assistance, FAS’s resources and expertise link U.S. agriculture to a world of opportunities.