Food Assistance Convention – FAC
This section provides an overview of the Food Assistance Convention, its main objectives and the work the Commission does in the framework of this Convention
The objectives of the Food Assistance Convention are to save lives, reduce hunger, improve food security, and improve the nutritional status of the most vulnerable populations by:
A focus on food assistance rather than on food aid
Focus on improved access to and consumption of safe, adequate and nutritious food
Promotion of local and regional procurement, where commodities are the solution and minimisation of associated costs
The spirit of the Convention is primarily on emergency assistance, i.e. it should apply only to humanitarian crises or a transition context
Flexible annual minimum commitments of a Party can be expressed in-kind or in cash
The EU is signatory of the Food Assistance Convention.
To meet the objectives of this Convention, each Party agrees to make an annual commitment of food assistance, set in accordance with its laws and regulations.
Each Party’s commitment is referred to as its “minimum annual commitment”. The EU committed for 2015 is €350m .
Furthermore, the Commission has an obligation and an operational requirement to advocate on behalf of the chronically poor and food insecure.
The Commission advocates for the FAC to promote the most effective and appropriate use of resources disbursed from within FAC commitments, according to the needs of the most vulnerable, in line with humanitarian principles and best humanitarian food assistance practice, and in a way that is coherent with its own policy framework.
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