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ACF International Position on Political Aspects of Food Aid

June, 2006

ACF International is a key actor in food security and food aid, distributing food to vulnerable populations faced with political crises and natural disasters in order to avoid or alleviate malnutrition and diseases, and meet immediate food needs and/or protect livelihoods. However, food aid is not always the most appropriate response to meet the vulnerable population's needs. ACF International has categorised problems related to food aid into three main areas: timing, food aid contributions, and selection of recipient countries. This paper will deal specifically with the macro level of food aid and its political aspects. The conclusions and recommendations advocate for changes in the current system so as to have a real impact on hunger around the world. 

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