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A Discussion with the Leaders of the Trans-Atlantic Food Assistance Dialogue (TAFAD)

Tuesday, April 20, 2010 - 15:30 - 17:00
Date: Tuesday, April 20, 2010
Time: 3:30 to 5 PM
Venue:  Partnership to Cut Hunger and Poverty in Africa
499 S. Capitol Street, S.W., Suite 500B
Washington, D.C.
Stuart Clark, Senior Policy Adviser, Canadian Foodgrains Bank
Alessandra Spalletta, TAFAD Coordinator
Constanze von Oppeln-Bronikowski, German Agro-Action
Bruce White, Catholic Relief Services
Sheri Arnott, World Vision, Canada
Mary Chambliss, member, Partnership Board of Directors 
The Trans-Atlantic Food Assistance Dialogue (TAFAD) is a coalition of major European and North American food aid NGOs committed to working together to improve the effectiveness of the international food assistance system to address hunger and food insecurity. The coalition was established in 2005 with a primary focus of promoting  the renegotiation and reform of the 1999 Food Aid Convention (FAC) as a vital international food safety net instrument.  
TAFAD envisions a global food safety net based on food assistance that reaches the most vulnerable.
Key TAFAD objectives include:
  • A donor commitment structure which annually guarantees sufficient and adequate food or food related transfers as well as the resources to deliver them for a specified number of person-years.
  • A flexible food assistance ‘tool-box’ which usestwo commitment ‘windows’: a “food quantity window” and a “cash window”. FAC food commitments are currently measured in ton of wheat equivalent; future contributions to the first window should be based in caloric conversion. Future contributions to the second window would encourage the use of more flexible donations of cash and vouchers to individuals and households in order to increase the quantity and quality of food consumed.
  • A mechanism to improve the effectiveness of food assistance practices by tailoring the food-aid responses towards specific problems (e.g. malnutrition, unavailability of food) rather than towards specified types of resources.