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Innovations in International Food Assistance Strategies and Therapeutic Food Supply Chains

Food Security in an Uncertain World

ISBN: 978-1-78560-213-9, eISBN: 978-1-78560-212-2

Publication date: 16 December 2015



Discusses how changes in institutional objectives for international food assistance have influenced the organization of supply chains for innovative therapeutic foods designed to address problems of malnutrition and undernutrition.


Draws upon insights from donor and international organization reports, policy documents, and academic publications to reveal the structure, goals, and objectives of international organizations involved in food assistance strategies. Explores how innovations in Ready-to-Use Therapeutic Foods and Ready-to-Use Supplementary Foods fit into food assistance strategies and broader humanitarian goals.


Informed by the United Nations Millennium Development Goals, international food assistance strategies have broadened beyond acute malnutrition to include chronic undernutrition. Food assistance strategies have shifted toward a focus on local and regional procurement (LRP) over transoceanic aid, with Public Private Partnerships (P3s) playing a facilitating role.


This chapter raises important considerations to factor into the design and execution of international food assistance strategies using LRP/P3 modes of organization. It contributes to an understanding of the challenges of organizing international food assistance strategies that include socioeconomic goals of sustainability and nutrition objectives.




This research was conducted under the Development of Innovative Therapeutic Food Products for Treating Malnutrition and Responding to Emergencies within High Risk Communities project funded by the Global Institute for Food Security (GIFS), University of Saskatchewan, Saskatchewan Agriculture Development Fund and Growing Forward 2. Thank you to Neil A. Hibbert for his helpful comments on an earlier draft of this chapter.


Clark, L.F. and Hobbs, J.E. (2015), "Innovations in International Food Assistance Strategies and Therapeutic Food Supply Chains", Food Security in an Uncertain World (Frontiers of Economics and Globalization, Vol. 15), Emerald Group Publishing Limited, Leeds, pp. 111-128.



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