History of FAQR
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 BHA’s (formerly FFP) commodity list, and testing new products under field conditions. A full summary of FAQR Phase II accomplishments can be found in the Food Aid Quality Review Phase II Closeout Report. The United States Agency for International Development’s Bureau for Humanitarian Assistance (formerly FFP) 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.
Phase III Focus
FAQR Phase III will conclude Phase II activities, while also responding to additional (new) BHA (formerly FFP) priorities. FAQR Phase III focuses on generating links between research on food product formulation with recommendations on cost-effective programming and policy-level action among national and multilateral institutions engaged in food assistance. Tufts works closely with several key domestic and international collaborators, the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), and with United Nations (UN) partners, all of whom are committed to strengthening the evidence base for use of specialized food products for targeted nutrition goals.