Alliance to End Hunger Praises Passage of the Global Food Security Reauthorization Act of 2018
September 28, 2018
WASHINGTON DC, September 28, 2018 – The Alliance to End Hunger today praised the passage of the Global Food Security Reauthorization Act of 2018 (S. 2269) in the House of Representatives, sending the five-year reauthorization of GFSA to the President’s desk for signature. The bill passed by unanimous consent without objection, after having passed the senate by voice vote in June. GFSA reauthorization is one of the Alliance to End Hunger’s 2018 legislative priorities.
“We are thrilled that Congress was able to come together in a bipartisan way around this bill, and reaffirm the United States’ commitment to ending global hunger,” stated Rebecca Middleton, Executive Director of the Alliance to End Hunger. “It is encouraging to see leaders reach across the aisle to collaborate on such an important issue.”
The Global Food Security Act – originally passed in 2016 – authorized 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.
“We are deeply thankful to the members of the Alliance and our allies who were so diligent in advocating for reauthorization,” says Middleton. “I have no doubt that this legislation will ultimately save lives and build livelihoods for millions of people around the world.”