Food Aid Quality Review (FAQR)


The USAID-funded Food Aid Quality Review (FAQR) is a three-year study to examine the nutritional needs of beneficiary populations across the developing world and the nutritional quality of commodities currently available to meet those needs. Under this program, ACDI/VOCA works with Tufts University and Save the Children as subcontractors to assess the effectiveness and cost of four supplementary foods for the prevention of moderate acute malnutrition and stunting in Burkina Faso. The $2.3 million second phase of the study, begun in June 2015, is incorporated as a separate component under the USAID-funded Victory against Malnutrition (ViM) Title II program in Burkina Faso.

The study is being implemented in Kaya, Pissila, Barsalogho, and Namissiguim communes of Sanmatenga Province, ViM’s area of intervention. Approximately 5,000 children age 6–23 months are participating in this cluster-randomized, controlled effectiveness trial. These participants were selected from the ViM program’s currently enrolled beneficiaries. The supplementary foods being tested include Corn-Soy Blend Plus (CSB+), CSB14, Supercereal Plus, and Ready to Use Supplementary Food (RUSF).

  • Reach consensus on optimal formulation, enrichment, and fortification for selection of P. 480 Title II commodities to be used to address moderate acute malnutrition and stunting
  • Generate recommendations for improving the nutritional quality of Title II food aid and informing distribution programming and the processes that support that programming, from procurement through delivery
  • With Save the Children, provide technical oversight and management of the distribution of the four supplementary foods being compared
  • Conduct a comprehensive review of the nutritional needs of P. 480 Title II beneficiaries in the context of existing available dietary resources, including other enriched, blended, and/or fortified foods and micronutrient supplements
  • Enrolled 5,000 children in the study
  • As of June 2015, 6000 target children beneficiaries have been reached.
  • Developed appropriate behavioral messages related to each of the food types; examined how these messages are delivered through care groups, health care workers; and others helping beneficiary mothers; and reinforced information on nutritional supplements

Funder: USAID
Budget: $2,310,566
Contact: Lucas Valente da Costa,

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