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Symposia at ICN 2017 Buenos Aires hosted by Food Aid Quality Review

Symposia at ICN 2017 Buenos Aires hosted by Food Aid Quality Review

Posted by gloria_guevara_alvarez on 5 Oct 2017

Dear All,


Mark your calendars! The USAID-funded Food Aid Quality Review (FAQR) project is hosting two global learning symposia at the 21st International Congress of Nutrition (ICN) in Buenos Aires, Argentina. In one symposium, we will distill what is known, what is still to be learned, and what should be prioritized in research about protein ingredients in food aid products, different quantities of lipid nutrient supplements (LNSs), and cost-effectiveness studies on food aid formulations. In a second symposium, we will discuss newer measures of malnutrition beyond anthropometrics, and move the agenda forward in using these to achieve more sustainable impacts in the prevention and treatment of child malnutrition.


 Also, check out our 4 poster presentations: 


Accelerated shelf life studies: testing micronutrient stability of new and upgraded food aid products

Methods for rigorous in-home observation conducted during a food aid cost-effectiveness trial in Burkina  Faso  

Changes in household food insecurity between enrollment and exit from a blanket supplementary feeding program for children 6 – 23 months old in Burkina Faso

Research Methods Used to Determine Cost-Effectiveness of a Supplementary Feeding Trial to Prevent Child Undernutrition in Burkina Faso



If you are not joining us in person, be on the lookout for our reporting out from the event through our Twitter @FoodAidQuality and a report of proceedings from the symposia.      


 FAQR Symposia dates and times


Monday, October 16th, 2017 11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. EST

Wednesday, October 18th, 2017 8:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m. EST



IUNS 21st International Congress of Nutrition, Buenos Aires, Argentina


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How specialized nutritious foods is used in food aid

Posted by gloria_guevara_alvarez on 21 Nov 2017

Last month at ICN 2017  the Food Aid Quality Review's symposium for researchers and policymakers in global nutrition programming brought together seven experts who discussed how  specialized nutritious foods is used in food aid. 

This symposium undertook three objectives to share advances and challenges in food aid research, to inform new paradigms of food aid products and programs, and to elucidate remaining questions, and thus research priorities, in the field of food aid.

During the symposium participant Dr  Martin W. Bloem, Visiting Profesor at John Hopkins' Bloomberg School of Pulic Health, reminded us that it is important to continue working on these topics, “(We) have forgotten that treating undernourishment is a science.”


To address the knowledge gaps in treating undernourishment specail attention was given to gaps in the areas of effectiveness of food aid products & programming methods, composition of food aid products, and cost-effectiveness of food aid products.


Slides  from this session are available on the FAQR website:



The United States Agency for International Development’s (USAID) Office of Food for Peace awarded the Food Aid Quality Review Phase III contract to Tufts University’s Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy for the period covering February 1, 2016 to January 31, 2019 with two option years. The Food Aid Quality Review (FAQR) seeks to provide USAID and its partners with actionable recommendations on ways to improve nutrition among vulnerable people for whom the direct distribution of food aid can make a significant impact. The first phases of FAQR involve reviews of nutrition science; FAQR Phase I recommendations were published in Improving the Nutritional Quality of U.S. Food Aid: Recommendations for Changes to Products and Programs. This report led to FAQR Phase II’s focus on reformulating Fortified Blended Foods (FBFs), the inclusion of lipid-based products in FFP’s commodity list, and testing new products under field conditions. A full summary of FAQR Phase II accomplishments are highlighted in the Food Aid Quality Review Phase II Closeout Report.

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