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Food Aid

Last updated: February 1, 2017

What Does Food Aid Mean?

Food aid refers to the provision of food or cash to purchase food in times of emergency or to provide longer-term solutions in areas where food shortages exist. Food aid can also be targeted at creating food security – a situation in which people need not be vulnerable to hunger and starvation.

Safeopedia Explains Food Aid

Food as a means of aid in the US has declined from 20% of global aid programs to only 5%. Prior to the 1970s, the US and Canada provided 90% of the world’s food aid, but thereafter, the United Nations World Food Program began making a major contribution to food aid around the world. The Food Aid Convention strives to address some of the controversial problems related to food aid including the negative effects of food aid on commercial imports and its effect on local food producers in recipient countries.


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