The U.S. Agency for International Development has initiated a major expansion of its global food aid prepositioning program to respond more rapidly to global food emergencies. Stockpiling food aid supplies in or near regions of the world with historically high emergency food aid needs allows USAID to respond quickly when disasters occur.
USAID has awarded contracts for six prepositioning sites, valued at up to $50m over five years to further expand this program. The contracts were awarded to: Jacintoport International for a site in Jacinto, Texas, to expedite aid to Latin American and the Caribbean; Damco USA for a site in Sri Lanka for use in Asia; Bahrain Maritime and Mercantile International for a site in Djibouti; SDV (USA) for a site in Kenya; Damco USA for a site in South Africa; and Fettig and Donalty for a site in Togo.
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