Renegotiating the Food Aid Convention: Background, Context, and Issues
International Food Policy Research Institute
Marc J. Cohen
Consultative Group on International Agricultural Research (CGIAR) - Food Consumption and Nutrition Division
Christopher B. Barrett
Cornell University - Charles H. Dyson School of Applied Economics & Management
Global Governance, Forthcoming
IFPRI Discussion Paper No. 12-1
The current global agreement governing food aid - the Food Aid Convention (FAC) - has been subject to annual renewals since it expired in 2002. Critics have pointed to some serious limitations, but negotiations over a new FAC have become entangled in U.S.-European agricultural trade disputes. Other issues in renegotiation include the patchwork quilt of food aid governance, in which the FAC's mandate overlaps with those of several other institutions; inadequate transparency; the nature of commitments - whether to express them in tonnage, value, or nutritional terms; the level of commitments and their distribution among donors; monitoring and enforcement of commitments; stakeholder representation on the FAC governing body; and the Convention's institutional "home." Also problematic is whether the FAC should have an "instrument focus" - "food aid" or a "problem focus," such as "food security."
Number of Pages in PDF File: 38Accepted Paper Series
Date posted: July 1, 2008
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