FAQR - Food Aid Quality Review


The United States Agency for International Development's (USAID) Food for Peace program awarded grant of approximately US $1.5 million to Tufts University's Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy to examine the nutritional needs of beneficiary populations across the developing world, and the nutrition quality of commodities currently available to meet those needs.  USAID, through funding provided by Public Law 480 (Title II), makes commodity donations to address the needs of undernourished and food insecure families through five-year development projects and in the context of emergency food assistance programs.  Populations of concern include orphans and vulnerable children, undernourished pregnant and lactating women, students in grades K-8, food insecure adolescents and adults, and persons living with HIV/AIDS.

As part of its on-going efforts to improve the quality of food aid operations, USAID tasked the Friedman School to review the state of science as it relates to the nutritional needs of these groups of vulnerable people, while considering current vitamin and mineral enrichment and fortification technologies and methods for the delivery of micronutrients in the form of supplements or powders.  

Over the course of two years, the goal was to produce recommendations on how to cost-effectively meet the nutritional needs of Title II beneficiary populations with US food aid commodities.  The work, engaging half a dozen Tufts faculty with appropriate expertise as well as a dozen collaborators globally, entails production of several technical briefing papers involving multiple authors based around the world, on the following topics:

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