February 20, 2012
9:30 AM EST/8:30 AM CST
|Committee Members Present:
Wade Ellis, Bunge Milling, Inc., Committee Chairman
George Allard, Bunge Milling, Inc.
Don Brown, ADM Milling Company
Jack Cwach, ADM Milling Company
Jeff Dillon, Didion Milling, Inc.
Rod Geiger, Bartlett Milling Company
David Silver, Didion Milling, Inc.
|1.||Call to Order – International Trade Committee Chairman, Wade Ellis, Bunge Milling, Inc.|
|a.||Introductions – Wade Ellis, Bunge Milling, Inc.|
|b.||Antitrust Guidelines – NAMA legal counsel Skip Myers was unavailable, so Mr. Green reminded the Committee of the antitrust guidelines under which all NAMA meetings are conducted.|
|2.||Items for Discussion|
|a.||Food Aid Supply Chain Study
The Committee discussed the complexities of the future of blended foods in US food aid procurements and particularly the recommendations from the World Health Organization (WHO) on formulations for blended foods containing dairy ingredients as a source of animal protein for all moderately malnourished children under age 5. While the decision to participate in such a new product development and production in the US will be an individual company decision, the Committee reaffirmed that NAMA’s role is to maintain milled grain products, in their most efficient, cost effective manner as significant contributors to food aid objectives. As such, the ITC instructed staff to proceed to the next steps in initiating a Supply Chain Study of the semi-bulk handling of blended and fortified foods and wheat flour. Mr. Green was asked to outline in more detail the objectives of a trip to Africa by ITC members as a step toward that activity. He was also directed to prepare whatever authorization is needed by the Executive Committee to assure overall NAMA support for this objective.
|b.||Trip to West Africa to observe use and programming of Super Cereal Plus by WFP
The Committee also felt there was merit in observing the use of the Super Cereal Plus as produced by European manufacturers and even visiting one of the WFP approved manufacturers, if invited. Mr. Green was directed to refine the details and timing of such a trip for consideration by the ITC.
|The call was adjourned at 10:30 Eastern time.|
ITC sponsored FMD Trips- Spring 2012
NAMA’s International Trade Committee has been working with other food aid stakeholders to predict demand forces impacting the future of food aid and particularly the impact of those forces on NAMA product orders from cooperating sponsors. Trends that will continue to impact NAMA products include:
In light of those forces, the ITC has proposed reviewing bagged food aid supply chains with an eye toward innovating the supplies through the use of latest shipping and handling technology.
One particular innovation that should be examined is the shipment of products in a semi-bulk form to determine the feasibility of semi-bulk shipments and perhaps further value addition (blending and/or small portion bagging nearer to the product distribution.
To determine the feasibility of pilot shipments of semi-bulk blended foods, ITC proposes 2 committee trips to Africa:
Destinations: Africa Sahel (Burkina Faso, Niger and Mali (2 of 3)) where WFP and others are responding to imminent emergencies by shipment of Super Cereal Plus (CSB formulation with milk powder). Possible visit to Italy or Belgium to observe processing plant making SCP+
To observe WFP and others use of SCP+ in emergency distribution and determine advantages and disadvantages to this product and shipment in small packages from Europe.
To obtain valuable perspectives for design of an effective pilot shipment of CSB in semi-bulk containers
Prospective Dates/Duration: Up to 8 days Likely Departure Monday evening 3/26, Return Wednesday, April 4.
Destinations: Food Aid prepositioning ports Djibouti; Mombasa, Kenya; Durban, S. Africa and/or inland warehousing in Uganda, Mozambique, Zimbabwe etc. Possible visit to Rome for consultations with WFP.
To gauge interest, capability and possible partners in pilot shipments of CSB and wheat flour using semi-bulk container loads for repacking into ration-sized packages near distribution sites.
To obtain valuable perspectives for design of an effective pilot shipment of CSB in semi-bulk containers addressing:
Prospective Dates/Duration: 12-14 days, depending on destinations. Possibility for some travelers to only participate in some destinations. Dates: sometime during the period April 10-May 4.