Food Aid Packaging Solutions

The packaging 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.

Background

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

Recent Activities

The FAQR 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 packaging team is also seeking input from partners with field experience or supply chain knowledge in order to collect feedback on issues with current packaging and areas in most urgent need of improvement, identify the critical points in the supply chain, and discuss potential packaging alternatives and their impact on the supply chain.

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

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