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International treaty to address food security

Canada joins convention to help feed those in need in developing countries


Ottawa, Ont. – The federal government has signed the Food Assistance Convention, a new treaty designed to help bring food to developing countries.

The international treaty, which replaces the Food Aid Convention, will address food security amongst the world’s the most vulnerable populations. As part of the new initiative, people in developing countries will be able to use vouchers to buy nutritious food, as well as seeds and tools from local markets.

The treaty has now been signed and ratified by Canada, Japan, Denmark, Switzerland, the U.S. and the European Union, with each promising to provide at least $250 million annually towards helping developing countries.

The treaty came into force on Jan. 1, 2013.