The Global Food Security Act Passes Both House and Senate

April 21, 2016

Moeun Sun, Communications Fellow, Alliance to End Hunger

The Alliance to End Hunger applauds the House of Representatives and the Senate for passing the Global Food Security Act (H.R. 1567, S. 1252). This bill has been on the forefront of the Alliance and member organizations’ efforts to decrease malnutrition through agriculture-focused programs in developing countries, and comes as an encouraging reminder of the U.S. Government’s continued commitment to ending global hunger. With 130 co-sponsors in the House and 13 cosponsors in the Senate, this bill’s broad bi-partisan support is indicative of the effectiveness of this bill, and the potential it has to empower millions, lifting them out of hunger and poverty.

“The passing of GFSA comes as a tremendous win for all of us who have worked so hard to advocate for this bill that will help millions of hungry people around the world,” commented Rebecca Middleton, COO of the Alliance. “This will not only enable the U.S. Government to continue playing a proactive role in ending global hunger, but it will also equip farmers in developing countries with the tools and support they need to increase access to nutrition within their own countries and communities.”

This bill builds off the success of Feed the Future, a U.S. Government initiative launched by President Obama in 2009 that has been extremely effective in bringing sustainable agricultural practices to 19 countries around the world. In 2013 alone, this initiative reached 12.5 million children through nutrition interventions and programs, and helped nearly 7 million farmers develop and produce new farming technologies to increase productivity and crop yields.

The Global Food Security act will be particularly helpful in empowering smallholder farmers and women, who are often the biggest victims of hunger and poverty. By providing inclusive expertise and technology, women will be able to increase their role in feeding their families, drastically decreasing the rate of hunger and malnutrition among children and infants.

The Alliance to End Hunger would specifically like to thank Representatives Chris Smith (R-NJ) and Betty McCollum (D-MN), and Senators Johnny Isakson (R-GA) and Robert P. Casey, Jr. (D-PA) for their leadership, along with all co-sponsors in both chambers.