Renegotiating the Food Aid Convention: Background, Context, and Issues
More specifically, there is debate over such questions as whether the new FAC should have an "instrument focus"-food aid-or a "problem focus" such as "food security" or "hunger." If the focus is on addressing hunger, should food aid under the FAC be restricted to emergencies only or should it prtain to broader food security issues? Should the FAC be a low-key forum for exchange of information or should it have some meaningful ways of monitoring commitments and encouraging compliance by both donors and recipients? Debates such as these will reflect views on the purposes of food aid itself. Conversely, debates regarding these broader questions carry consequences for the formation of views on the issues involved in the FAC negotiations.
This paper's purpose is solely to outline issues and options; hence it does not advocate for particular positions.
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