Aid group Oxfam is calling for a “radical shake up” of the Food Aid Convention, urging participants to the London talks on the accord this week to place cash and other food-related assistance high on their agenda.
The Food Aid Convention is an international treaty agreed in 1967 under which donors committed a minimum amount of food aid, which is measured in tons of ‘wheat equivalent.’
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Shaheen Chughtai, a humanitarian policy adviser for Oxfam, said the convention needs to revamp mechanisms of aid agencies in dealing with food crises.
“That means immediate cash, support to help people earn a living during and after a crisis, and dealing with volatile food price rises,” Chughtai said Feb. 28 in an Oxfam news release.
Oxfam is urging negotiators to help boost access to food in crisis situations by providing “predictable, timely and appropriate” food aid.
“Instead of focusing on the amount of food given, the Convention should focus on the number of people it needs to reach,” the aid group said.
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