The MV MaerskAlabama is transporting nearly 8,150 MT of USAID P.L. 480 Title II food aid commodities.
These commodities are valued at approximately $5.3 million and freight valued at $2.1 million. USAID is providing the transportation funding through grants to implementing partners.
This food aid shipment from the United States contains vegetable oil, corn soy blend, wheat and dehydrated vegetables and will be distributed in Kenya, Somalia, and Uganda by USAID's implementing partners including the World Food Program and Private Voluntary Organizations.
USAID currently provides life-sustaining food aid to 3.2 million Kenyans, 3 million Somalians and 1.2 million Ugandans.
The United States is the largest provider of food aid worldwide. In fiscal year (FY) 2008 alone, USAID provided more than 2.6 million metric tons of food, valued at more than $2.6 billion, benefiting people in 49 countries on four continents.
Per the Cargo Preference Act of 1954, as amended, generally seventy-five percent of all USAID food aid shipments must be transported on U.S. flagged carriers.