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8th Session of the Food Assistance Committee

London, 9 June 2017


The Food Assistance Committee (FAC) convened for its 8th formal Session on 9 June 2017 at the Secretariat of the International Grains Council in London, under the Chairpersonship of Mr. Matthew Nims, Acting Director, Office of Food For Peace, USAID representing the United States.

The meeting was attended by Parties of the Convention, namely, Australia, Canada, the European Union, Finland, Japan, Russian Federation, Slovenia, Spain, Switzerland and the United States of America. Additionally, representatives from Republic of Korea, the Food and Agriculture Organisation of the United Nations (FAO), the Trans-Atlantic Dialogue on Food Assistance (TAFAD), the World Food Programme (WFP) and World Trade Organisation (WTO) were present as observers.




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Food Assistance Committee Members Respond to Famine Threat in Four Countries

London, 16 March 2017


This year an unprecedented 70 million people across 45 countries will be in need of emergency food assistance, driven by persistent conflict, severe drought and economic instability. Four countries face the threat of famine, putting a combined 20 million people at risk of dire food insecurity according to the UN. The members of the Food Assistance Committee are deeply concerned by the declaration of famine in South Sudan and the risk of famine in Somalia, Yemen and Nigeria.

Acting swiftly in response to UN Secretary General's call for urgent action to avert catastrophe, FAC members are working together with the rest of the international community to help mitigate the impacts of food insecurity in these countries, ensuring the needs of the most vulnerable are addressed. To date in 2017, FAC members have provided USD 1.4 billion in food assistance to Nigeria, South Sudan, Somalia, and Yemen.




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7th Session of the Food Assistance Committee

London, 11 November 2016


The Food Assistance Committee (FAC) convened for its 7th formal Session on 11 November 2016 at the Secretariat of the International Grains Council in London, under the Chairpersonship of Mr. Matthew Nims, Deputy Director, Office of Food For Peace, Bureau for Democracy, Conflict and Humanitarian Assistance, USAID representing the United States.

The meeting was attended by Parties of the Convention, namely, Australia, Canada, the European Union, Finland, Japan, Russian Federation, Slovenia, Spain, Switzerland and the United States of America. Additionally, representatives from Republic of Korea, Kazakhstan, the Food and Agriculture Organisation of the United Nations (FAO), International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC), the Trans-Atlantic Dialogue on Food Assistance (TAFAD), the World Food Programme (WFP) and World Trade Organisation (WTO) were present as observers.




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FAC Joint Field Mission to Haiti

June 26 - July 1, 2016

Report by FAC Chair Matthew Nims.




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The EU commitments for the World Humanitarian Summit

Istanbul, 23-24 May 2016


On the occasion of the World Humanitarian Summit on 23-24 May in Istanbul, Turkey, the European Union committed to 101 actions which relate to some aspects of its own policies, programmes and funds, and are fully stated at http://ec.europa.eu/echo/partnerships/european-and-international-cooperation/world-humanitarian-summit/eu-commitments_en. Several of the individual commitments proposed as an outcome of the WHS are directly and indirectly related to the objectives and principles of the FAC, to which the EU subscribes and which it endeavours to promote.

 




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DG ECHO e-learning on Humanitarian Food Assistance

June 2016


DG ECHO has launched a new e-learning portal on Humanitarian Food Assistance. link.

 




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DG ECHO Study

Maximising the nutritional impact of Humanitarian Food Assistance

January 2016


In 2014 DG ECHO commissioned a study to map existing documents and tools relevant to maximising the nutrition component and outcomes of humanitarian food assistance (HFA). The study reviewed policy, guidelines and case studies available online and provided by humanitarian agencies, donors and academic bodies. The findings show that a limited number of documents take nutrition-sensitive criteria into account in HFA programming and identify significant gaps in the policy and operational resources reviewed. Practical recommendations are given to humanitarian agencies and donors to bridge these gaps. These include identifying key principles for nutrition in HFA programming, adopting basic rules / standards relating to Maternal and Child Nutrition and HFA and increasing engagement and participation of the nutrition sector in HFA programming, particularly cash-based programming.

The full review with its annexes and a power point presentation are available at this link.

 



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6th Session of the Food Assistance Committee

London, 17 November 2015


The Food Assistance Committee (FAC) convened for its 6th formal Session on 17 November 2015 at the Secretariat of the International Grains Council in London, under the Chairpersonship of Dr. Florika Fink-Hooijer, Director, Directorate-General for Humanitarian Aid and Civil Protection (ECHO), representing the European Union.

The meeting was attended by Parties of the Convention, namely, Australia, Canada, the European Union, Finland, Japan, Russian Federation, Slovenia, Spain, Switzerland and the United States of America. Additionally, representatives from Brazil, France, Greece, India, Kazakhstan, Portugal, South Africa, Turkey, the Food and Agriculture Organisation of the United Nations (FAO), International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC), the Trans-Atlantic Dialogue on Food Assistance (TAFAD) and the World Food Programme (WFP) were present as observers.





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JOINT STATEMENT by MEMBERS of the FOOD ASSISTANCE CONVENTION

FOR THE WORLD HUMANITARIAN SUMMIT

Istanbul, 23-24 May 2016

Considering the intensity and range of current humanitarian crises and the unprecedented number of people in need of humanitarian assistance;

Recognising the need to improve the effectiveness and efficiency of humanitarian assistance and to ensure that assistance is provided according to humanitarian principles, embracing a people centred approach where populations affected by food crises are at the heart of the system, where gender and protection concerns are reflected and where donors are held accountable;

Considering that the United Nations Secretary-General has called the first ever World Humanitarian Summit (WHS) that will take place on 23-24 May 2016 in Istanbul and noting that the Summit is a unique opportunity to raise awareness about effective humanitarian food assistance, to discuss ways to innovate and improve aid delivery and to creating a momentum for others - both political and development actors, as well as food insecure countries themselves, to acknowledge their role in preventing and ending humanitarian crises, including hunger and food insecurity;


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22/05/20155th Session of the Food Assistance CommitteeFAC_PR_15_05.pdf
18/11/20144th Session of the Food Assistance CommitteeFAC_PR_14_11.pdf
30/05/20143rd Session of the Food Assistance CommitteeFAC_PR_14_05.pdf
08/04/2014Russian Federation: Accession to the Food Assistance ConventionFAC_PR_14_04.pdf
18/02/20131st Session of the Food Assistance CommitteeFAC_PR_13_02.pdf
19/12/2012Entry into force of the new Food Assistance Convention (FAC) on 1 January 2013FAC_PR_12_12.pdf