Food Aid Information System

Glossary and abbreviations

 

A  B  C  D  E  F  G  H  I  J  K  L  M  N  O  P  Q  R  S  T  U  V  W  X  Y  Z

 

A                                                                                                                     

Actual Ton
Actual weight of commodities in Metric Tons.
AT
Actual Ton

 

B                                                                                                                     

Bilateral food aid
Aid supplied on a government-to-government basis. It is often related to programme food aid.
 

 

C                                                                                                                    

Channel
Multilateral, intergovernmental or non-governmental organization acting as intermediary between a primary source government or organization and a recipient government or implementing agency within the recipient country.
CIS
Commonwealth of Independent States
Commodity
Type of FOOD commodity being imported or purchased locally. Commodities are listed with high degree of detail, distinguishing when possible for specific variety, the packaging (canned/not canned) and the kind of conservation (dried, liophylized, fresh). 
 

 

D                                                                                                                    

Delivery mode
The mode through which food aid commodities are delivered to the recipient country: Local Purchases, Triangular Purchases or Direct Transfers.
Direct transfers
Transactions by which food aid is directly delivered  from donor to recipient countries. Such operations do not involve either local or triangular purchases.
Donor
The primary source which provides food aid in the form of in-kind commodities or funds. They are mainly governments, private sector donors and NGOs.
DPRK
Democratic People's Republic of Korea
DRC
Democratic Republic of the Congo
 

 

E                                                                                                                    

EC
European Community
Emergency food aid
Food aid provided to victims of natural or man-made disasters on a short- term basis. It is freely distributed to targeted beneficiary groups and is usually provided on a grant basis. It is channelled multilaterally, through NGOs or, sometimes, bilaterally.
 

 

F                                                                                                                    

FAO
Food and Agriculture Organization
Food aid
Food aid commodities provided by international donors on concessional terms.
Food aid categories
Classification of food aid deliveries used to indicate the food transaction type: Emergency, Programme or Project.
Food aid deliveries
Deliveries of food aid refer to quantities of commodities that actually reached the recipient country during a given period.
 

 

G                                                                                                                    

GE
Grain Equivalent
Grain Equivalent
Unit of measurement used as alternative to Actual Ton for cereal-derived products. To convert a product into grain equivalent a commodity specific conversion factor is used.  For example if the factor to convert wheat flour into wheat is 1.37, a ton of wheat flour corresponds to 0.730 tons of wheat (1/1.37).

 

H                                                                                                                    



I                                                                                                                      

Implementing agency
Multilateral, intergovernmental or non-governmental agency that takes responsibility for the receipt and/or distribution of the food aid on behalf of the donor, channel and/or recipient country.
INTERFAIS
International Food Aid Information System
 

 

J                                                                                                                    



K                                                                                                                   



 

L                                                                                                                    

Local purchases
Transactions by which food aid is purchased and distributed/utilised in the recipient country.
 

 

M                                                                                                                    

Metric Ton

Unit of measurement of food aid quantities: one Metric Ton is equivalent to 1,000 kg.
MT
Metric Ton
Multilateral food aid
Aid supplied  by the government of one country to a multilateral international organization.
 

 

N                                                                                                                    

NGO
Non-Governmental Organization
 

 

O                                                                                                                    



P                                                                                                                    

Programme food aid
Food aid provided on a government-to-government basis. It is not targeted at specific beneficiary groups. It is sold on the open market and can be provided either as a grant or as a loan.
Project food aid
Food aid provided to support various type of projects such as agricultural, nutritional and development. It is usually freely distributed to targeted beneficiary groups. However it can also be sold on the open market. Project food aid is provided on a grant basis and is channelled bilaterally, multilaterally or through NGOs.
 

 

Q                                                                                                                    

Quantity delivered
Quantity of food aid that reaches the recipient country during a given period. Quantities may be selected/reported in Actual Quantity or Grain Equivalent.
 

 

R                                                                                                                    

Recipient
The country that receives the food aid delivered.
 

 

S                                                                                                                    


T                                                                                                                    

Triangular purchases

Transactions by which a donor provides commodities purchased in a third country as food aid to a final recipient country.
 

 

U                                                                                                                    

UN
United Nations
USA
United States of America
 

 

V                                                                                                                    



 

W                                                                                                                   

WFP
World Food Programme
 

 

X                                                                                                                    



Y                                                                                                                    



Z