Alliance to End Hunger Applauds Passage of Global Food Security Reauthorization Act in the Senate

June 20, 2018

WASHINGTON DC, June 20, 2018 – The Alliance to End Hunger applauds the Senate’s passage of the Global Food Security Reauthorization Act on Tuesday evening, June 19. The bill passed by voice vote without amendment.  The Global Food Security Act, which was originally passed in 2016, authorizes a US Government Global Food Security Strategy, and codifies many aspects of the Feed the Future Initiative.

“The news of GFSA Reauthorization passage in the Senate is encouraging,” says Rebecca Middleton, Executive Director of the Alliance to End Hunger. “This legislation builds America’s ability to remain a leader in ending hunger around the world, and I am thankful for the Senators and advocates that helped this happen.”

The bill authorizes the development and implementation of a comprehensive, whole-of-government strategy to combat hunger and malnutrition in developing countries. The strategy focuses on increasing sustainable and equitable agricultural development; reducing global hunger; and improving nutrition – especially in the key first 1,000 days between a woman’s pregnancy and her child’s second birthday.  In addition to other valuable aspects of the law, the GFSA captures and improves upon progress made through the Feed the Future initiative.

The Reauthorization Act that passed the Senate authorizes GFSA to continue for five years. There is a counterpart bill currently in the House of Representatives that would continue the program for three years. The House bill has passed the House Foreign Affairs Committee and awaits action on the House floor.

“Not only is progress on reauthorizing the GFSA a win for bipartisanship commitment to ending world hunger, it is a win for the millions of farmers and families in the world who benefit from our country’s generosity to bolster their livelihoods,” stated Middleton. “We encourage the House to not only support reauthorizing this critical program, but to adopt the five year authorization to add longer-term certainty to these important programs.

As a legislative priority of the Alliance to End Hunger, the Alliance’s coalition will continue to advocate for GFSA Reauthorization to become law. To learn more about the Alliance’s advocacy work and priorities, contact Minerva Delgado at mdelgado@alliancetoendhunger.org.

 

Contact: Nathan Magrath, Manager of Communications and Outreach, Alliance to End Hunger (nmagrath@alliancetoendhunger.org)