Mark Brennan is a PhD student studying supply chains in relation to food security and assistance, and a researcher on MIT’s Comprehensive Initiative on Technology Evaluation, which is funded by USAID’s Global Development Lab.
Food losses due to poor quality, spoilage, and packaging breakage negatively impact the ability of food assistance projects to achieve their goals. The first post in this series described two initiatives that might improve food assistance quality. Here, I illustrate what both initiatives have in common and how they are different, with the goal of showing how experimentation with procurement is a flexible tool for the improvement of food aid outcomes. Continue reading