TAFAD I: THE INITIAL CAUSE
Originally created in 2005, the Trans-Atlantic Food Aid Policy Dialogue (TAFAD) brought together a coalition of humanitarian NGOs to address international food assistance policy concerns, most notably the question of renegotiating the Food Aid Convention, which had expired in 1999.
Through advocacy with governments in member countries and with the International Food Aid Comittee, TAFAD provided both the civil society space and action that contributed to the successful renegotiation of the new Food Assistance Convention that eventually came into force in 2012. TAFAD also played an important role when the question of food aid disciplines arose in WTO negotiations.
TAFAD II: NEW CALL TO ACTION
Notwithstanding its success, the work of the first TAFAD is far from over. The new TAFAD was formed in 2012 to continue with the legacy of its predecessor in the quickly changing landscape of international food assistance.
Why a New TAFAD
- An active humanitarian NGO space and unified voice is critical for the effective implementation of the new Food Assistance Convention.
- With an unprecedented number of humanitarian emergencies stretching ever limited food aid resources, there is the need for an active voice that gives prominence to the urgent need for food and the needs and interests of beneficiaries of food assistance.
- Central to the changing landscape of international food assistance are newer modalities of food and nutrition assistance including cash, vouchers and direct commodity transfers. These new tools of assistance continue to raise challenges for reporting food assistance activities that is critical for monitoring, policy advocacy and research.
- For more information, read the call-to-action document of the new TAFAD embedded below.
WHO IS CURRENTLY ON BOARD
- Canadian Foodgrains Bank
- International Federation of the Red Cross & Red Crescent
- World Vision International
- Oxfam America
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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