Alliance to End Hunger Praises Passage of Global Food Security Act

July 6, 2016

Nathan Magrath, Manager of Communications and Outreach, Alliance to End Hunger

The Alliance to End Hunger celebrates and congratulates the House of Representatives’ passage of the Global Food Security Act today.  The GFSA received a passage vote Wednesday evening with broad bipartisan support.

“This is a great victory not only for our anti-hunger community here in the U.S., but for the millions of people across the globe who will see improved lives and livelihoods due to this critical program,” said Ambassador Tony Hall, Executive Director Emeritus of the Alliance to End Hunger.

The Global Food Security Act of 2016 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 Alliance to End Hunger currently receives funding from the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) under Feed the Future to help increase advocacy capacity of civil society in developing countries.

“The passage of the Global Food Security Act is one more major step in our goal to end hunger and malnutrition by 2030,” stated Rebecca Middleton, COO of the Alliance to End Hunger.  “This program will prove valuable as our community works toward the zero hunger goal laid out in the Sustainable Development Goals, and will bolster the United States’ leadership in supporting development worldwide.”

The Global Food Security Act was introduced by Senators Johnny Isakson (R-GA) and Robert P. Casey Jr. (D-PA) in the U.S. Senate, and by Representatives Chris Smith (R-NJ) and Betty McCollum (D-MN) in the House of Representatives.  The Senate version of the bill (S.1252), which passed the Senate on April 20, will now go to the President’s desk for signature to become law.