Three people processing food in a factory.
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By: Meera Chandra, Food Safety Advisor, USAID

Food Processing for Improved Diets is a short guidance document prepared for USAID and its implementing partners to begin to inform design and implementation of food processing activities for improved diets and nutrition. The content is guided by USAID’s multisectoral food security and nutrition strategies, with a focus on the Bureau for Resilience and Food Security (RFS) Conceptual Framework. The framework is shown in the brief, highlighting food processing sitting within the center as an important component of food supply. This brief focuses on food processing activities involving small and medium enterprises engaged in minimal processing activities, such as drying, milling and threshing, among others. The brief is informed by lessons from a landscape assessment that explored how food processing was included in Feed the Future activities between 2010 and 2019.