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Section 416b 

The Section 416(b) program is authorized by the Agricultural Act of 1949, as amended. This program provides for overseas donations of surplus commodities acquired by the Commodity Credit Corporation (CCC). Donations may not reduce the amounts of commodities that are traditionally donated to U.S. domestic feeding programs or agencies, and may not disrupt normal commercial sales.

Availability of commodities under Section 416(b) depends on CCC inventories and acquisitions, and programming varies from year to year. The commodities are made available for donation through agreements with foreign governments, PVOs, cooperatives, and intergovernmental organizations. Depending on the agreement, the commodities donated under Section 416(b) may be sold in the recipient country and the proceeds used to support agricultural, economic, or infrastructure development programs.

The Section 416(b) program is currently not active, as there are no CCC-owned commodities available at this time.  Please check back on this site for future updates.

Questions or comments can be directed to the Food Assistance Division at 202-720-4221
or via e-mail at PPDED@fas.usda.gov.