Food Aid Information System

Units of Measurement

Food aid deliveries are measured in metric tons. In order to increase comparability among cereal-derived products, actual tons are sometimes converted into grain equivalent metric tons.



It is the actual weight in metric tons of commodities delivered. One ton is 1,000 kg.



Grain equivalents are computed only for commodities derived from cereals. Grain equivalents are the equivalent tonnage of grains necessary to get the given amount of cereal-derived product. For example, the tonnage of wheat flour is multiplied by 1.37 to derive the grain equivalent tonnage. Non-cereal commodities and products are not derived in grain equivalents.