Food Aid Information System

The Variables

Data since 1988 are available through FAIS. The user may select a series of variables, measure food aid deliveries in metric tons and get information on its nutritional content.

 





 

 

Year

The year in which the food aid delivered reached the recipient country. A year is always considered as a 12-month calendar period, starting in January and ending in December. Data on the latest completed calendar year will be available the following June.

 


Donor

The primary source that provides food aid from its own resources. FAIS includes all donors that donated at least once since 1988. All Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs) and all Private sector donors are grouped together.

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Recipient

The country that receives food aid. FAIS includes all recipient countries since 1988. They are aggregated by geographical area.

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Commodity

The commodity delivered as food aid or locally purchased. Commodities are distinguished by specific variety (e.g. among fish: sardines and stockfish), packaging (canned/not canned) and kind of conservation (dried, liophylized, fresh). The full list of commodities delivered is available to the user. The commodities are divided in two groups: CEREALS and NON CEREALS.

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Food aid type

Food aid is classified in three categories:


Emergency
food aid is for victims of natural or man-made disasters. 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.


Project
food aid aims at supporting specific poverty-reduction and disaster-prevention activities. It is usually freely distributed to targeted beneficiary groups, but may also be sold on the open market and is then referred to as “monetized” food aid. Project food aid is provided on a grant basis and is channelled multilaterally, through NGOs or bilaterally.

Programme
food aid is usually supplied, on a government-to-government basis, as a resource transfer for balance-of-payments or budgetary support. Unlike most of the food aid provided for project or emergency purposes, it is not targeted at specific beneficiary groups. It is sold on the open market and provided either as a grant or as a loan.

 


Delivery mode

Food aid is classified in the following three categories, according to the origin of the commodities:

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

Triangular purchases
 are the transactions by which a donor provides commodities purchased in a third country as food aid to a final recipient country.

Direct transfers
are the transactions by which food aid is directly delivered from donor to recipient countries. Such operations do not involve either local or triangular purchases.