Commodity Management (CM)

Capacity-Strengthening Workshops

The TOPS Program offers a five-day CM training course, the Food Assistance Commodity Management (FACM) Workshop, for all Food for Peace-funded development food assistance programs. The FACM Workshop allows for organizations to optimize their commodity ordering, warehousing, handling distribution, and monitoring systems to decrease losses and improve their ability to better serve beneficiaries.

This workshop focuses on improving knowledge and skills on federally mandated requirements, industry standards, and promising practices in commodity management. More specifically, it provides a functional understanding of supply chain management procedures, with a focus on processes, systems, tools, regulation compliance, and quality of CM.

To learn more or to see when the next regional or country-specific workshops will be offered, please contact our CM lead B.K. De.

Task Force

The Commodity Management Task Force is a community of practitioners working to increase effectiveness and efficiency of commodity management systems of development and emergency food assistance programs. It is composed of subject matter experts from Title II grantee NGOs. It provides an inclusive forum for sharing, adapting, refining and disseminating information, methodologies, tools and promising practices on commodity management. A few of the key activities of the task force are to:
  • Develop core competencies and self-assessment tools for key commodity management staff
  • Review and standardize commodity management tools developed by Title II implementing NGOs
  • Facilitate sharing, adapting, refining and disseminating resources, methodologies, tools and promising practices on commodity management
  • Enhance NGO staff capacity in commodity management
To learn more, visit the task force homepage on the FSN Network.

Tools & Resources

The following TOPS-developed, CM-themed tools and resources, all available on the FSN Network Resource Library: