U.S. Government-Supported MIT Research Team Examining Various Types Of Food Aid Delivery Bags For Better Efficiency, Quality
Devex: Redesigning USAID’s food aid bags could prevent 10,000 tons from going bad and save $15m a year
“Researchers are experimenting with new ways of packaging U.S. food aid in a bid to ensure as much of the food as possible feeds the hungry in developing countries and humanitarian crises. … [L]ast year USAID and the U.S. Department of Agriculture commissioned a team from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s Comprehensive Initiative on Technology Evaluation — a USAID-supported program — to investigate how food aid is packaged and to look into alternatives that could better prevent waste and spoilage. … Improving the way food aid is bagged can help drive efficiency and improve the quality of the food delivered, said a USAID spokesperson in an email to Devex…” (Edwards, 1/31).