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USAID's review of food aid quality

Author: Webb, Patrick

Source: Food & Nutrition Bulletin, Volume 32, Supplement 3, September 2011 , pp. 131S-133S(3)

Publisher: Nevin Scrimshaw International Nutrition Foundation

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As part of US Agency for International Development (USAID) efforts to improve the quality of food aid products and programs, a two year study was commissioned to produce recommendations on ways to improve the quality of food aid products, programming, and institutional processes. The review determined that while much valuable work is done in both emergencies and non-emergency contexts, there is scope for improvement. Smarter programming, more careful targeting, greater attention to cost-effectiveness (in relation to planned human outcomes, not just numbers of people “fed”), enhanced coordination of interagency processes, enhanced policy harmonization among international players, and application of best practices in product formulation can help increase the impact of U.S. food aid resources.


Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: September 1, 2011

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  • Established in 1978, the Food and Nutrition Bulletin (FNB) is a peer-reviewed journal published quarterly by the Nevin Scrimshaw International Nutrition Foundation.

    The focus of the journal is to highlight original scientific articles on nutrition research, policy analyses, and state-of-the-art summaries relating to multidisciplinary efforts to alleviate the problems of hunger and malnutrition in the developing world.

    Food and Nutrition Bulletin's 2012 Impact Factor: 2.106
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