Repeal "Food Welfare Act"


Repeal “Food Welfare Act”
A resolution to repeal previously passed legislation

Category: Repeal

Resolution: GA#52

Proposed by: Knootoss

Description: WA General Assembly Resolution #52: Food Welfare Act (Category: Social Justice; Strength: Strong) shall be struck out and rendered null and void.

The World Assembly,

ACKNOWLEDGES that many of the recommendations made by the Food Welfare Act are sound;

RECOGNISES, however, that the problems of starvation and malnutrition are insufficiently addressed by this resolution, creating several problems:

  1. Dumping food from prosperous Member States into recipient nations through the “surplus donation system” may drive local farmers out of business;
  2. The IFWO does not provide any reason for the governments of recipient nations to reduce their dependency on food aid, leaving the system open to abuse;
  3. The provision allowing governments to “seize food” from local farmers and from businesses may deter social enterprises from achieving community solutions;
  4. The mandate of the ITA to “gradually reduce protectionist practices” and “manage trade issues” is overly broad and vague, which prevents the World Assembly from passing better trade legislation;

CONCERNED that the Food Welfare act may have unintended consequences as a result of these problems, aggravating the hardships experienced by people suffering from starvation and malnutrition:

  1. Food aid provided by the IFWO may be resold on the black markets of nations that experience famine, at prices that undercut local food producers;
  2. Governments of nations receiving unconditional food aid from the IFWO may divert funds from their own food-support budget to their military budgets;
  3. Permitting governments to seize food supplies from local farmers may lead to some farmers refusing to cooperate in producing additional food for the benefit of the nation;
  4. Food aid provided by the IFWO may be offset by other economic programs, such as tariffs and agricultural subsidies, hollowing out the agricultural sectors of recipient nations;

LAMENTS that the aid programmes established by this resolution may result in greater harm to nations in need of assistance;

REPEALS the Food Welfare Act. link to the threatened resolution

NationStates • View topic - [DEFEATED] Repeal: Food Welfare Act link to the GA forum thread over this.