A new report urges the U.S. Agency for International Development and U.S. Department of Agriculture to improve the delivery of the country’s food assistance by focusing on the nutritional requirements of older infants, young children and pregnant and lactating women.
The report released by USAID’s Office of Food for Peace and Tufts University Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy suggests reformulating fortified and blended foods, improving fortified cereals used in general food distributions, and improving the composition and use of fortified vegetable oil.
U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has welcomed the report’s focus on women and children, saying: “While good nutrition throughout life is important, science tells us that it is most critical during the 1,000 day window of opportunity (between pregnancy and a child’s second birthday).”
Released Tuesday (April 26), the report also calls for establishing an inter-agency committee that will manage the U.S. government’s over-all food aid agenda. The proposed committee would be co-chaired by USAID and USDA.
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