International Grains Council
in C. Tietje y A. Brouder (eds.), Handbook on Transnational Economic Governance Regimes (Leiden, Boston: Martinus Nijhoff Publishers, 2009)
10 Pages Posted: 22 Jun 2013
Date Written: June 20, 2009
The International Grains Council (IGC) is an intergovernmental organization whose aim is to oversee the implementation of the 1995 Grains Trade Agreement (GTA). The GTA comprises two separate Conventions: the 1995 Grains Trade Convention and the 1999 Food Aid Convention. The first Convention, concluded at London on 7 December 1994, seeks to further market stability and international cooperation in grains trade, also enhancing world food security. In turn, under the 1999 Food Aid Convention (concluded at London on 5 December 1994), donors pledge to provide certain minimum amounts of food aid to developing countries in the form of grains, and other eligible products. ICG’s activities are thus closely related to the Food Aid Committee, which works in the implementation of the 1999 Food Aid Convention. Th e Council also analyzes and reviews global grain markets, monitors grain-related domestic and international policies, and sponsors grain-related projects funded by the UN Common Fund for Commodities. The ICG and the Food Aid Committee share the same Secretariat, headquartered in London.
Keywords: international grains council, international law, global governance
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