Jennifer Clapp and C. Stuart Clark, two top Canadian thinkers on food policy issues have co-written a very good blog post for Triple Crisis about the new Food Assistance Convention. The article provides a brief summary of food aid conventions of the past and provides a good summary of key changes (positive and negative) in this new convention.
Why is this extra important? The new treaty text opened for signature on June 11, 2012, and will remain open for six months. If at least five members ratify the Convention before the end of November 2012, it will come into force in early 2013.
I will be following this and will provide updates.