Monday, June 3, 2024, 8:30 AM - 5:30 PM


8:30 – 5:30 pm





  • USG-Flour Supplier 
  • Commodity Testing/Method Development
  • USG-LNS Suppliers 


  1. 8:30-11:00 SCP Suppliers/USG – Jamie, Ruffo, Flour Suppliers, Dan, Nick, Diane, Elizabeth, Dina, Mike Manske, Claudia M.
  2. 11: 30 -1:00 FGIS/USAID/WFP -Tom, Tandace, Ruffo, Deblina, Dan, Jamie, Elizabeth, Dina, Mike Manske, Diane
  3. 2:00 – 4:00 USAID/WFP – LNS Suppliers, Jamie, Prince, Dina, Diane, Elizabeth, Ruffo, Pam, Dina, Mike Manske, Diane
  4. 4:10 – 5:45 USG/AMS Procurement/USAID/FAS- Jamie, Dan, Ruffo, Paul, Nick, Prince, Elizabeth, Dan, Dina, Mike Manske, Diane
Tuesday, June 4, 2024, 8:30 AM - 12:00 PM


Opening Remarks 

USAID/USDA Front Office Presentation/Welcoming Remarks     

9:00 – 9:20 






Welcoming and USG Food Assistance Programs Updates, setting the scene        

Jamie Fisher, Director, Supply Chain Management, USAID Bureau for Humanitarian Assistance

Nick Kharabadze, Director of Operations, Foreign Agriculture Service, International Food Assistance Division

Dan Webber, Division Chief, Packaged Commodity Procurement Branch, USDA/AMS Commodity Procurement Program

Henry Broch Foods (SCP Supplier) and Incobrasa Industry (Veg Oil Supplier)  

9:20 – 10:20 

Food Aid Supply Chain as a supporting platform for programming food assistance


Jamie Fisher, Director, Supply Chain Management, USAID Bureau for Humanitarian Assistance 

Dan Webber, Division Chief, Packaged Commodity Procurement Branch, USDA/AMS Commodity Procurement Program

Elizabeth Bontrager, Team Lead, BHA/TPQ Nutrition

Amit Wadhera, WFP, Head - Loss Prevention and Risk Mitigation at United Nations World Food Programme

10:20 – 10:30                    Morning Coffee/Tea Break -Provided

10:30 – 11:10 


GMO food labeling guideline, FDA (2019 FDA OMB Control No. 0910-0807)

Miriam J. Guggenheim, Covington & Burling LLC, Washington DC


11:10 – 12:00

Commodity Incident Management: the cost of commodity and supply chain incidents  

Davor Janjatovic/Amit Wadhera (WFP) and Michael Curcio (USAID).

Reporting on major 2023 commodity and supply chain incidents

The economics of food losses

Continuous Improvement Opportunities

Tuesday, June 4, 2024, 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
Tuesday, June 4, 2024, 1:00 PM - 5:40 PM

1:00 – 2:00

Commodity and Packaging Testing Workstreams - 25 min each, 10 min discussion

Tandace A. Bell, Chief, Biotechnology and Analytical Services Branch, FGIS

Thomas A. Weber, Chief, Analytical Chemistry Branch, FGIS

Deanna S. Scheff, USDA Research Entomologist Agricultural Research Service

2:00 – 3:00

The Scaling Up of Fortified Rice:  A panel discussion, moderated by Quinten Johnson

Fortified Rice/Kernel Field Trial Progress Report: Testing and Specification Updates - Deblina Sarkar, Food Technologist

Millers Bag Heat-sealing Capability and Operational - Rice Millers 

Timeline, Next Steps -USG/WFP

The Rice Kernel Supply. Rice Kernel Suppliers 

3:00 – 3:30

Hermetic Packaging Integrity Testing 

Bill Burnard

INFICON Inc.- Package Integrity

3:30 – 4:10

Joint Initiatives on Food Aid Waste and Losses Management -JI

Greg Rulifson, Senior Humanitarian Sustainability Advisor 

U.S. AID/ Bureau for Humanitarian Assistance 

4:10 – 4:20                   Afternoon Coffee/Tea Break -Provided

4:20 – 5:30

USAID-WFP Ongoing Infestation and food safety management efforts, trialing, piloting solutions (Grain Cocoons, Oil and Flours) 

Carole Manceau, WFP Packaging Expert, Food safety and quality unit Supply Chain division

Diego Lara Lavarreda, GrainPRO Vice-President, US/ Canada & Europe Division

Steven A. Mihm, Senior VP – Purchasing, Reynolds Services, Inc

5:30 – 5:40 

Wrap up of Second Day

     Ruffo Perez, (BHA/TPQ/PHN)

Tuesday, June 4, 2024, 6:30 PM - 9:00 PM

Individual pay on own. Rosemont area

Wednesday, June 5, 2024, 8:00 AM - 12:30 PM

8:05 – 8:10

Setting the scene/ Expectation of third Day of Meeting


8:10 – 9:10

USDA/USAID Commody Credit Corporation Initiative -Update

Kathryn V. Oberholzer

Team Lead, Front Office Management, and Integration Team (FO MIT) USAID Bureau for Humanitarian Assistance (USAID/BHA)

9:10 – 9:50

Systematic Preventive Food Safety and Quality Management:  The HACCP Approach

Rohan V. Tikekar, Ph.D.

Associate Professor and Extension Specialist

University of Maryland, Department of Nutrition and Food Science


Linking Supply Chain business processes to minimize losses and deliver fit-for-human consumption foods to recipients.

The WFP Bangladesh Case Study.  Deblina Sarkar, Food Technologist


10:30 – 10:40                   Morning Coffee/Tea Break -Provided


10:40 – 11:30

Lipid-Based Nutritional Supplements Key Performance Indicators Project

Juan Andrade Laborde, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Global Nutrition.  Food Science and Human Nutrition Department, University of Florida

11:30 – 11:50

Statistical Process Control Applicable to Food Aid Manufacturing and Quality Control 

Nicholas Vena

Pearl Auditing Services, DBA Pearl International


Update on USDA Nutrition and School Feeding Programs

Diane De Bernardo, MPH, USDA/FAS Food Security & Nutrition Advisor

Wednesday, June 5, 2024, 12:30 PM - 1:30 PM
Wednesday, June 5, 2024, 1:30 PM - 5:40 PM

1:30 – 2:00

Food Contaminants of relevance to Food Assistance Programs (Rice, LNS, Oil, Grains, and Flours)

     Ruffo Perez, Senior Food Technology Advisor, BHA/TPQ

2:00 – 2:20

Revisiting Suppliers Auditing Process, including warehouse Auditing, USDA/AMS IAA

Jennifer Dougherty, Chief, Audit Services Branch USDA-AMS-SCP-SCI, and Carrie Sayasithsena, Audit Program Coordinator, Audit Services Branch

2:20 – 2:40

The USA Rice Federation

Sarah Moran, Chief Operating Officer. Supporting the USA Rice Industry’s involvement in the USAID BHA and McGovern-Dole Food Assistance Programs

2:40 – 3:00

The North American Millers’ Association (NAMA)

Stephanie Grunenfelder, MANA International Trade. Supporting the milling industry’s involvement in the USAID BHA and McGovern-Dole Food Assistance Programs

3:00 – 4:00

Quality Control Commodity Release SOP, including Packaging Integrity

Ruffo Perez, Senior Food Technology Advisor, BHA/TPQ

David Silver, Director of Accounting & Finance: The Didtion Milling Case Study 

4:00 – 4:10      Afternoon Coffee/Tea Break

4:10 -5:30

Flash-card Session

  • Commodity Waivers
  • The USDA/AMS Procurement
  • The Last Mile Challenges
  • Fit-for-human food consumption concept.


  1. Nicholas Kharabadze, USDA/FAS
  2. Dan Webber, USDA/AMS
  3. Jamie Fisher, USAID/SCM
  4. Ruffo Perez, USAID/TPQ
  5. Amit Wadhera, WFP

5:30 – 5:40

Wrap up of Third Day

Ruffo Perez

Thursday, June 6, 2024, 8:00 AM - 1:00 PM

8:00 -1:00pm

Group 1: Arriving at Henry Broch Foods by 9:00am, and leaving site by 11:30 and back to hotel by 1:00pm

Coordinated by Ruffo Perez, USAID/BHA/TPQ

3600 Sunset Ave, Waukegan, IL 60087 Henry Broch Foods

Thursday, June 6, 2024, 8:00 AM - 3:00 PM

8:00 – 3:00pm

Group 2: Arriving at Incobrasa Industries Ltd by 10:00am, and leaving site by 1:00pm, and back to hotel by 3:00pm

Coordinated by Dan Webber, USDA/AMS

540 US-24, Gilman, IL 60938 Incobrasa Industry Ltd

Thursday, June 6, 2024, 6:30 PM