PROJECTS & PROGRAMS
We work with people around the world to understand local food systems and develop solutions together for enhanced nutrition
Domestic & International Programming
The ASMI Alaska Global Food Aid Program (AGFAP) is expanding the availability of Wild Alaska Seafood in domestic and export food aid programs with new species, product forms and package sizes. GFN is working to ensure more seafood is included in all United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) programs and to align Alaska Seafood with the priorities of domestic and international food aid markets.
These products are essential to supplementing the local diet with high-quality marine protein. Animal source protein is the best protein for growth, healing, and health. Wild Alaska Seafood provides all the essential amino acids needed in all stages of life. Alaska's wild fisheries are responsibly managed and protected for future generations.
Micronutrient Fortified Food Aid Pilots
GFN and partners conducted five randomized controlled trials (RCT) involving study design, research, analysis, training/capacity building, and quality assurance in Guinea-Bissau. This public-private partnership was funded by the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) to develop and pilot test new nutritious food aid products for the McGovern-Dole International Food for Education and Child Nutrition (MGD) program through a special program, the Micronutrient Fortified Food Aid Pilot Project (MFFAPP). This work generated nutrition status data on over 7,000 mothers, children 6-59 months school-age children and adolescents.
Food Aid Quality Review
The Food Aid Quality Review (FAQR) is an integral part of United States Agency for International Development (USAID) and United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) activities aimed at: enhancing product choice under Title II of Public Law 480 (PL480), which provides donated foods to improve nutritional status of vulnerable populations, improving quality control and assurance of both processes and products, updating technical guidance, and creating the evidence base for cost-effective programming approaches and streamlining interagency coordination and harmonization.
Famine Early Warning System Network
A series of surveys are being carried out to determine the food security situation in Ethiopia. Results provided evidence that severe drought over the past year has resulted in very large livestock losses in Ethiopia’s Somali Region, which has sharply reduced household food and income access. Surveys are ongoing for FEWS NET.