WASHINGTON, D.C. (July 25, 2013) U.S. Rep. Betty McCollum (MN-4) on Thursday introduced bipartisan legislation to expand the United States’ commitment to fighting hunger and poverty worldwide.
Along with Representative Aaron Schock (R-IL), the Global Food Security Act (H.R. 2822) ensures that small-scale and women farmers have the tools and resources needed to boost agricultural production, improve nutrition, and increase food security in their communities.
In addition to Representative Schock, the original cosponsors include: Representatives Jim McGovern (D-MA), Lacy Clay (D-MO), Steve Cohen (D-TN), John Garamendi (D-CA), Mike Honda (D-CA), Derek Kilmer (D-WA), Gwen Moore (D-WI), Jim Moran (D-VA), Jared Polis (D-CO), Charlie Rangel (D-NY), Bobby Rush (D-IL), and Jan Schakowsky (D-IL).
“Roughly 870 million people around the world suffer from chronic food insecurity. This is wrong, and it makes the United States less secure,” said Representative McCollum. “This bill fights food insecurity by working with the world’s most vulnerable people to enable them to produce their own food and improve their families’ livelihoods.”
“The United States has a long and proud tradition of supporting global hunger and nutrition programs,” Representative McGovern said. “That tradition can and must continue. Hunger is a political condition. We have the means to end it; what we need is the political will to make it happen. I am proud to support this important legislation.”
“Malnutrition remains one of the world’s worst problems, and it’s a primary deterrent to the growth and prosperity of developing countries. The United States has a strong history of leadership in providing assistance to developing nations, but a renewed focus and streamlined approach is needed to prevent more children and families from suffering the long-term consequences of malnutrition,” said Representative Schock. “The Global Food Security Act is a comprehensive approach to tackling the food insecurity epidemic that plagues more than 870 million people worldwide by better coordinating U.S. assistance and making accountability a priority to assess progress and the efficient use of foreign aid funding.”
The Global Food Security Act:
• Directs the President to develop a multi-agency strategy for global food and nutrition.
• Creates a new Special Coordinator for Food, Nutrition, and Agricultural Development.
• Requires annual progress reports on meeting strategy objectives.
• Updates the Foreign Assistance Act of 1961 to include a renewed focus on women, nutrition, and small-scale farmers.
Global Food Security Act (H.R. 2822) Supporting Organizations: Action Against Hunger; ActionAid USA; ACDI/VOCA; ADRA International; American; Jewish World Service; AMREF USA; Bread for the World; CARE USA; Catholic Relief Services; Church World Service; Congressional Hunger Center; Episcopal Church; Evangelical Lutheran Church in America; Global Ministries of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) and United Church of Christ; InterAction; Helen Keller International; The Hunger Project; International Medical Corps; International Relief & Development; Lutheran World Relief; Mercy Corps; National Cooperative Business Association -CLUSA; ONE Campaign; Presbyterian Church, USA; Save the Children; U.S. Fund for UNICEF; United Church of Christ, Justice and Witness Ministries; United Methodist Church, General Board of Church and Society; World Food Program USA; Women Thrive Worldwide; and. World Vision.