Food Aid Packaging Solutions

The Food Aid Packaging Solutions work stream reviews current food aid packaging technologies and researches potential alternatives to improve cost-effectiveness and better preserve food aid products throughout the supply chain and shelf life.

The Food Aid Packaging team aims to: 

FAQR’s activities around food aid packaging aim to address current challenges associated with packaging and to identify the most appropriate, cost-effective packaging technologies to be used to optimize preservation of the food aid products throughout the supply chain and shelf life. Packaging solutions are identified in consultation with food aid suppliers, packaging suppliers, transporters, program implementers and government agencies. FAQR seeks to identify potential for improvement in the following areas:

  • Vegetable oil cans and plugs resistance to leakage
  • Packaging size optimization and harmonization
  • Protection against infestation and mold contamination
  • Tear resistance of 25-kg and 50-kg bags
  • Distribution efficiency
  • Shelf life extension (oxidation prevention and nutrient retention)
  • Environmental impact
  • Packaging as a vehicle for communication

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Seeking Input

The team is participating in meetings with suppliers and conducting interviews to discuss food aid packaging and possible improvements, and is attending conferences to identify new packaging technologies. 

If you have any suggestion regarding packaging technologies that should be considered to better protect food aid products, please reach out to us.

The Food Aid Packaging team is seeking input from partners with field experience or supply chain knowledge who can provide insight on issues with current packaging, areas in most urgent need of improvement, critical points in the supply chain, and potential packaging alternatives and their impact on the supply chain. Alongside the Food Quality and Safety workstream, the Packaging workstream is developing a questionnaire to gather feedback throughout the supply chain that can provide quantitative and qualitative information on food aid incidents. This information will be used for cost-effectiveness analysis and to identify opportunities for improvement. 

If you have experience with commodity management or any comment or feedback on the impact of packaging on the supply chain, please let us know or fill out our questionnaire here: https://goo.gl/forms/OuIwGLF2btbScFHd2


Questions about this work stream?

Contact the Food Aid Packaging Research Assistant: Agathe Roubert, agathe.roubert@tufts.edu

Resources

Accelerated Shelf-Life Studies: Testing Micronutrient Stability of New and Upgraded Food Aid Products

Nina Schlossmann ; Quentin Johnson; Lauren Wood; Nicole Coliagnese; Vicky Santoso; Leah Koeppel