In 2007, WFP received two grants – one from Canada and one from the European Commission – to develop a nutritional value of food aid, based on a proposal that was developed in 2006. In early 2008, WFP contracted a nutritionist to develop a method to measure the nutritional value of food aid. The first draft of her report was discussed at a workshop on 8 July 2008. A report on the workshop was produced. Based on the comments received at the workshop, the nutritionist revised her report.
Between October and December 2008, WFP asked a number of prominent scholars and practitioners to review the proposal. They provided very useful feedback. On the basis of the report of the nutritionist and the comments received at the workshop and from the reviewers, WFP revised the indicators.
Between June 2008 and March 2009, the project focused on the implementation of the proposed indicators and the development of the website. Thus, the IRMA indicators are slightly different from the ones proposed in the report by the nutritionist and the interpretation is different as well. Moreover, the nutritionist used fewer nutrients and a different Food Composition Table. Therefore, the results in the report are different from the ones that can be accessed through this website.
For the comments by reviewers on the first draft of the report of the nutritionist, click on their names:
Stuart Clark, Canadian Foodgrains Bank, Canada.
Max Merbis, Centre for World Food Studies, Free University, the Netherlands.
Andrew Seal, Centre for International Child Health, Institute of Child Health, University College London, United Kingdom.
Amélie Solal-Celigny, International Fund for Agricultural Development, Italy.
Iacopo Viciani, ActionAid, Italy.
Patrick Webb, Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy, Tufts University, United States.