Committee on Food Aid Policies and Programmes of the UN/FAO World Food Programme

Comité des politiques et programmes d'aide alimentaire

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16 Nov 1976, as governing body of the World Food Programme (WFP), by resolution 3404 (XXX) of the General Assembly of the United Nations (UN), when the UN General Assembly and and Conference of Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) endorsed resolution XXII/76 of the World Food Conference, reconstituting the United Nations/FAO Intergovernmental Committee (IGC), which had provided guidance on policy, administration and operations of the World Food Programme. In accordance with General Assembly decision 52/449 of 18 Dec 1997 and FAO Conference resolution 11/97 of 17 Nov 1997, ceased to exist with effect from 1 Jan 1998, when replaced by WFP Executive Board.


Provide general guidance on policy, administration and operation of the World Food Programme; provide a forum for intergovernmental consultations on national and international food aid programmes and policies; review general trends in food aid requirements and availabilities; recommend improvements in food aid policies and programmes, such as programme priorities, commodity composition of food aid, etc, to governments through the World Food Council; formulate proposals for more effective coordination of multilateral, bilateral and nongovernmental food aid programmes, including emergency food aid; review implementation of World Food Council recommendations on food aid policies.

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Apart from exercising intergovernmental supervisions of WFP, also serves as the international body designated to discuss global food aid issues and concerns, including bilateral food aid. CFA reports annually to ECOSOC and to the FAO Council. It also submits periodically its annual report to the World Food Council.


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Subjects *

  • Amenities
    • Food
  • Agriculture, Fisheries
    • FAO Bodies
  • International Relations
    • United Nations
  • Development
    • Aid
  • Policy-making
    • Policy
  • Peace
    • Humanitarian

UN Sustainable Development Goals **

GOAL 1: No PovertyGOAL 2: Zero HungerGOAL 8: Decent Work and Economic GrowthGOAL 9: Industry, Innovation and InfrastructureGOAL 10: Reduced InequalityGOAL 16: Peace and Justice Strong InstitutionsGOAL 17: Partnerships to achieve the Goal



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