The Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Development has presented a bill authorizing the ratification of the Food Assistance Convention.
The Food Assistance Convention, signed in New York on 2 November 2012 in the framework of the United Nations, is intended to contribute to improving food security and promoting the resilience of populations by providing food assistance to the most vulnerable, particularly those in crisis, transition and fragile situations. It aims to shift food assistance practices towards more targeted responses to needs, and to maintain the corresponding budget lines of donors in order to preserve the international mobilisation capacity of food aid.
This Convention replaces the 1999 Food Aid Convention (FAC), which itself was the result of several revisions of the 1967 Food Aid Convention in the form of an international agreement. A renegotiation of this agreement was required in order to adapt it to the evolution of practices and contexts, and notably to take into account the abandonment of the logic of agricultural surpluses management on which it was based.
Excerpts from the Council of Ministers