International Food Assistance

The Trans-Atlantic Food Assistance Dialogue (TAFAD) is coalition of food assistance-based NGOs and academics working together to advocate for international policies that help address food security crises around the world. International food assistance is important for addressing the food and nutritional needs of girls, boys and women and men affected by crises around the world.

There are many reasons why food insecurity occurs. Food security crises may be caused by natural disasters such as that experienced in recently in Haiti in the event of Hurricane Matthew. Some food security crises are caused by climate and weather events such as persistent droughts experienced in the Horn of Africa.

Yet, much of the world’s food security crises are man-made, being products of poor governance, violent conflicts and civil strife in places like Syria, South Sudan and North Eastern Nigeria.

Whatever their cause, crises like these devastate people’s lives. Prompt response with urgently needed food assistance at the onset of crises is critical to saving lives, prevent detrimental coping strategies and enhance the capacities of families and communities to recover and rebuild their lives.

Emergency response may take the form of local purchase and distribution of food, the use of voucher programs, cash transfers or some combination of these. Assistance can be in the form of direct shipment from donor countries. Most donor governments have moved away from the latter approach.

Trans-Atlantic Food Assistance Dialogue

Whatever their cause, crises like these devastate people’s lives. Prompt response with urgently needed food assistance at the onset helps to save lives, prevent detrimental coping strategies and enhance the capacities of families and communities to recover and rebuild their lives. Such response can be in the form of local purchase and distribution of food, the use of voucher programs, cash transfers or some combination of these.

Donor countries, UN Agencies, international NGOs, national governments, local civil society organizations, the private sector and crises-affected people are key players in emergency food security response. The Trans-Atlantic Food Assistance Dialogue (TAFAD) is coalition of food assistance-based NGOs and leading academics working together to advocate for international policies that help to address short-term food security crises.

ABOUT TAFAD

The Trans-Atlantic Food Assistance Dialogue (TAFAD) is  a coalition of international NGOs and leading researchers working in the area of food assistance and nutrition. TAFAD advocates for reform of international food assistance policy, with attention to issues that affect beneficiaries of food assistance.

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