Government Food Assistance To Focus On Nutrition For Pregnant Women, Children

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Government food assistance to focus on nutrition for pregnant women, childrenThe U. S. Agency for International Development (USAID) and U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) commissioned research to identify inadequacies in food assistance throughout the world. The two-year review, carried out by Tufts University and USAID's Office of Food for Peace, revealed a need for better nutrition for pregnant women and children.

The recommendations include reformulating fortified, processed foods to include more nutrients, promoting the use of fortified vegetable oils, improving the quality of widely distributed cereals and making prepared foods readily available for young families.

"These recommendations will help U.S. agriculture make an even bigger difference in the lives of the almost 1 billion hungry people around the world," said U.S. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack. "Together, USDA and USAID hope to further increase the effectiveness of our successful food aid programs."

In June, stakeholders will discuss the recommended changes at the International Food Aid and Development Conference. They hope to weigh potential impacts of the recommendations, possible setbacks and ways in which the changes may be implemented.  

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