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New Food Assistance Convention comes into force

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Thursday, 10 January 2013

New Food Assistance Convention comes into force

The new Food Assistance Convention came into force on 01 January 2013, bringing a fundamental shift in the approach, moving from food aid to food assistance. Food will be distributed only when strictly necessary to meet the immediate nutritional needs of the most vulnerable people. Otherwise, aid should come in the form of money so that affected people can buy food locally.
The Convention is an international agreement negotiated by the European Union and 35 countries (all EU Member States plus Argentina, Australia, Canada, Croatia, Japan, Norway, Switzerland and the United States). Following the consent of the European Parliament and the Council of the EU, the European Union ratified the new Food Assistance Convention on 28 November 2012.
Food assistance is the largest sector in the Commission’s humanitarian aid budget. In 2011 the European Commission provided €509 million for humanitarian food assistance and nutrition projects with 57 partner organisations in 47 countries.

Source: European Commission