Commodity System

The commodity management system stream focuses on commodity specification management, complaint/supply chain database, product sheets, commodity historical (volumes, inventory, prices, etc.), approved-suppliers list, commodity reference guides

Commodity System


Recent Event

The 2017 Health and Humanitarian Logistics Conference explored challenges and solutions for optimizing supply chains to support humanitarian response. The conference included presentations on and discussions of partnerships, innovative uses of data or technology, and creating sustainable supply chain systems.

FAQR Workshop

As humanitarian and development projects struggle to reach all populations in need of food aid assistance, maximizing food aid supply chain cost effectiveness has become an ever more salient issue. Economic decision-making around food aid policy and programming requires crucial evidence in food aid commodities’ cost and cost-effectiveness. This goes beyond price per ton of food provided to understanding the total cost of an effective intervention in relation to defined outcomes among food aid beneficiaries. Two important issues need to be addressed: i) how to fill significant evidence and data gaps; and ii) what tools and frameworks could be used to improve predictive modeling.

The workshop sought to address these issues by offering an introduction to four food aid supply chain cost effectiveness frameworks currently used by development and humanitarian organization decision makers at different levels. It will also feature an interactive discussion with session participants on how to address current information gaps and overcome barriers to implementing these tools and frameworks. By the end of the session, attendees will have a better understanding of (1) which sources of information could generate more timely and complete information on costs along the entire value chain; (2) how decision-makers make choices relating to food aid supply chain management; (3) what is needed to make supply chain cost effectiveness frameworks, tools, and models more predictive; and (4) the steps that humanitarian and development programmers and policy makers can take to implement and improve these frameworks and tools in their own work.

  • Özlem Ergun, Supply Chain Specialist—FAQR, USAID/FFP
  • Koen Peters, Supply Chain Consultant, WFP
  • Keith Chibafa, Head of Business Development (LMMS), World Vision


The Commodity Management System team aims to:

  • Update and streamline the USAID/FFP commodities resources portal. The new portal aims to raise the profile of the U.S. food aid basket and better share and present commodity information online to PVOs, suppliers, USAID mission representatives and other stakeholders, especially for new products.
  • Develop and modernize the Commodity Reference Guide (CRG) Fact Sheets. FAQR will develop and populate modernized fact sheets and will assist FFP in finalizing a strategy for regular updating of the CRG Fact Sheets and other tools for programming new specialized products.
  • Harmonize specifications and templates for food aid commodities; this includes developing commodity specification templates that are aligned with general industry practice standards, creating resources to support efforts to harmonize U.S. product specifications with international product specifications, and standardizing and enhancing interaction between USAID and USDA, and between government and the private sector about these matters.

USAID's Commodity Mangement Tool Kit provides a detailed overview of development programs using food commodity:


Questions about this work stream? Contact Leah Koeppel at


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