Food Aid Committee (FAC)

Comité de l'aide alimentaire
Comité de Ayuda Alimentaria

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1 Jul 1968, to administer Food Aid Convention (FAC) of T-XT6744 - International Grains Arrangement 1967, 15 Oct-30 Nov 1967, registered 1 May 1970, USA, which also included T-XT6713 - Wheat Trade Convention, 1967. The 1967 Convention was replaced by Food Aid Convention 1971 and, with T-XT7118 - Wheat Trade Convention, 1971, formed T-XT7155 - International Wheat Agreement, 1971 (IWA) negotiated by the UN Wheat Conference, Jan/Feb 1971, Geneva (Switzerland). The 1971 Convention came into force 1 Jul 1971 and was due to expire in 1974 but was extended by successive protocols until replaced by Food Aid Convention 1980, which still formed part of the 1971 IWA and which was extended twice by protocol.

During 1985, Food Aid Committee negotiated a new T-XT8612 - Food Aid Convention, 1986 (FAC), which entered into force 1 Jul 1986 as part of T-XT8666 - International Wheat Agreement, 1986 (IWA); subsequently extended to 30 Jun 1995. A new Food Aid Convention, 1995 (FAC) was negotiated by the Food Aid Committee during 1993 and 1994 and the text was finalized at a special Session of the Committee in Mar 1995. It came into force on 1 Jul 1995 as part of T-XT9502 - International Grains Agreement (IGA), initially for 3 years to 30 Jun 1998. Discussions on the need to improve effectiveness of food aid mechanisms and take account of declarations at the World Food Summit and WTO Ministerial Conference, Dec 1996, Singapore (Singapore), took place in the Food Aid Committee in 1997 and a working group to re-negotiate the Convention was established in Dec 1997. Meanwhile the FAC 1997 was extended for one year to 30 Jun 1999. The text of the new Food Aid Convention 1999 was finalized in Apr 1999 and came into force on 1 Jul 1999, for 3 years. Extended for one year in Jun 2002, for 2 further years in Jun 2003, for 2 further years in Jun 2005 and for 1 year in Jun 2007, Jun 2008, Jun 2009, Jun 2010 and Jun 2011. FAC 1999 remains part of the International Grains Agreement 1995.

Statutes registered in 'UNTS 1/10455', 'UNTS 1/11400'.


Contribute to food security and improve the ability of the international community to respond to emergency food situations and other food needs of developing countries; make food available on a predictable basis to developing countries with the greatest need, irrespective of world food prices and supplies; ensure that food aid is directed to alleviation of poverty and hunger of the most vulnerable groups.


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Committee meets at least twice annually (July-June); up to Jun 2011, 104 sessions had been held. Meetings normally closed. Secretarial support provided by the Secretariat of the International Grains Council.


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GOAL 2: Zero HungerGOAL 10: Reduced InequalityGOAL 13: Climate ActionGOAL 17: Partnerships to achieve the Goal



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