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Glob Health Sci Pract. 2013 Aug 14;1(2):193-202. doi: 10.9745/GHSP-D-13-00018. eCollection 2013 Aug.

Food commodity pipeline management in transitional settings: challenges and lessons learned from the first USAID food development program in South Sudan.

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Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, Department of International Health , Baltimore, MD , USA.
Adventist Development and Relief Agency (ADRA) International , Silver Spring, MD , USA.


Despite decades of support for international food assistance programs by the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) Office of Food for Peace, relatively little is known about the commodity pipeline and management issues these programs face in post-conflict and politically volatile settings. Based on an audit of the program's commodity tracking system and interviews with 13 key program staff, this case study documents the experiences of organizations implementing the first USAID-funded non-emergency (development) food assistance program approved for Sudan and South Sudan. Key challenges and lessons learned in this experience about food commodity procurement, transport, and management may help improve the design and implementation of future development food assistance programs in a variety of complex, food-insecure settings around the world. Specifically, expanding shipping routes in complex political situations may facilitate reliable and timely commodity delivery. In addition, greater flexibility to procure commodities locally, rather than shipping U.S.-procured commodities, may avoid unnecessary shipping delays and reduce costs.

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