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USDA Awards Grants To Develop Healthier Humanitarian Aid Foods

September 30, 2010: 11:52 AM EST

Endeavoring to promote healthier food products for use in humanitarian assistance efforts, the USDA’s National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) has awarded $3.7 million to Johns Hopkins University ($2.7 million) and global health non-profit PATH ($1 million). JHU will use the grant to introduce and test three specially formulated foods for children ages 6-24 months in Bangladesh. PATH’s award will be used to field test Ultra Rice, a cost-effective and culturally appropriate micronutrient fortification technology designed to prevent malnutrition in rice-consuming communities. The technology will be tested in Burundi. “These projects will improve the nutritional quality of food aid products these people depend on for survival,” a USDA official said. NIFA supports development of ready-to-use, fortified blended, and high-energy foods, as well as micronutrient powders.

Jennifer Martin, "USDA Awards Enhance the Nutritional Quality of Food Aid Products", News release, National Institute of Food and Agriculture, September 30, 2010, © USDA
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