Food for Peace began in 1954, and is implemented by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID). Each year, nearly $2.2 billion is spent on food aid programs around the globe. USAID Food for Peace activities, also known as Title II food aid, accounts for about 80% of that annual budget on average. This study evaluated the cost effectiveness of transportation and storage of food aid commodities.
About the Evaluation
With a estimated procurement of $600,000, MIT, USAID, and USDA tested a range of packaging options with different commodities and foreign ports and warehouses. Two major contributions of this evaluation are understanding how packaging interacts with handling and fumigation processes in the current food assistance supply chain, and conceptualizing how packaging can be used as a lever of supply chain design to expand the range of commodities shipped and vulnerable populations reached.
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How can we better deliver food aid from a farmer’s field to communities who need it most?
The MIT CITE team has been working with USAID's Food For Peace to conduct a technology evaluation of packaging solutions to increase the cost-effectiveness of delivering food aid. So far the team has drafted an experimental design and begin procurement of commodities to put the design into...