Food Aid Nutrition Enhancement Program
NIFA's Food Aid Nutrition Enhancement Program (FANEP) supported the development and field testing of new ready-to-use foods, fortified blended foods, high-energy foods, micronutrient powders or other food products designed to improve the nutritional delivery and functional form of humanitarian food assistance.
Fiscal Year 2010 awards were made to Johns Hopkins University (JHU) and international global health non-profit PATH. JHU received $2,729,000 to introduce and test three specially formulated foods for children ages 6-24 months in Bangladesh, where childhood under-nutrition is especially prevalent. PATH received $1 million to field test their Ultra Rice technology in Burundi. Ultra Rice is a proven, cost-effective and culturally appropriate rice fortification technology that can bridge micronutrient deficiencies and prevent malnutrition in rice-consuming communities.
FANEP was administered through the Agriculture, Rural Development, Food and Drug Administration, and Related Agencies Programs Appropriation Act. This act called for a grant program to enhance the health of individuals, especially infants and young children, at risk for or suffering from malnutrition by further improving the nutritional content, product composition, packaging and other components of food products delivered through the McGovern-Dole International Food for Education and Child Nutrition program and the Food for Peace Title II humanitarian assistance programs.