The TOPS Program created this new industry standard handbook on best practices for managing food commodities in Food for Peace-funded projects.
An audit of Title II food assistance programs in a specific country led to a request in June 2012 for an easy-reference guide for field practitioners. Despite frequent commodity management training for field practitioners, gaps in management and handling of commodities were repeatedly noted in program audits. Program donors and partners realized that a practical, user friendly guide would enable all field-based commodity managers and staff carry out their day-to-day responsibilities much more efficiently and effectively.
The handbook was developed with active participation of the TOPS Food Security and Nutrition (FSN) Network Commodity Management Task Force, a group composed of representatives of the USAID Office of Food for Peace (FFP), Title II grant awardees and their sub-awardees. French and Spanish translations of this handbook are also available.