About FAC

  • Following the deposit of instruments of ratification by 6 Parties (EU, Canada, Denmark, Japan, Switzerland and the United States), the new Food Assistance Convention entered into force on 1 January 2013.

  • The objectives of the Food Assistance Convention are to save lives, reduce hunger, improve food security, and improve the nutritional status of the most vulnerable populations by:

    • addressing the food and nutritional needs of the most vulnerable
      populations through commitments made by the Parties to provide food
      assistance that improves access to, and consumption of, adequate, safe and
      nutritious food;

    • ensuring that food assistance provided to the most vulnerable populations
      is appropriate, timely, effective, efficient, and based on needs and shared
      principles; and

    • facilitating information-sharing, cooperation, and coordination, and
      providing a forum for discussion in order to improve the effective,
      efficient, and coherent use of the Parties’ resources to respond to needs.

  • The Food Assistance Convention is the latest in a long series of such multilateral cooperation instruments, since 1967, and was preceded by the Food Aid Convention 1999, details of which can be found at www.foodaidconvention.org

Information for prospective members

  • Why become a member of the FAC?
    • The FAC aims to ensure that needs are met
    • The FAC works towards providing appropriate and effective assistance
    • The FAC is about cooperating and coordinating for improved results

    Read more: FAC Messaging Points (Jan 2015)