Please join the Humanitarian and Disaster Relief Working Group at MIT for a lunchtime seminar this Wednesday, May 17th, at 11:45 PM on Food Aid Packaging: How to Reduce Food Aid Spoilage. Our speakers will be Mark Brennan and Prithvi Sundar, both from the Department of Urban Studies and Planning. Please view the attached flyer for more information. Lunch will be provided. The talk will begin at 12:00 PM.
Each year nearly US$2.2B is spent on food aid programs around the globe. USAID Food for Peace accounts for about 80%. This study aims to evaluate the cost-effectiveness of transportation and storage of food aid commodities. With an estimated procurement of US$1M, MIT tested a range of packaging and shipping options, commodities, and foreign ports. This study explores how packaging can be used as a lever in food aid supply chain design.