Source: United States House of Representatives – Congresswoman Betty McCollum (DFL-Minn)
Congresswoman Betty McCollum (DFL-Minn.) and Congressman Chris Smith (R-N.J.) have introduced a bipartisan, bicameral resolution recognizing a decade of results under the United States Agency for International Development’s (USAID)’s signature global food security program, Feed the Future, and the need to continue efforts to accelerate inclusive agricultural development and improved nutrition outcomes for women and children around the world.
“Feed the Future has helped save millions of people fighting starvation, malnutrition, and poverty across the globe,” said Rep. McCollum, Co-Chair of the Global Health Caucus. “The life-saving programs carried out through Feed the Future are building healthier, stronger communities, and giving millions of children the opportunity to reach their full potential. Through strategic investments, more women have been empowered to take their livelihoods into their own hands – growing their food and their futures. In addition to strengthening local and regional economies, food security is critical to achieving peace and security by eliminating risks for instability caused by a lack of sustainable food sources. I celebrate this decade of success, and especially during this global pandemic, recognize the importance of continuing these efforts into the next decade and beyond. I’m proud to be a partner in cultivating hope.”
“The original Global Food Security Act (GFSA) that arose out of the Feed the Future Initiative promoted food security, resilience and nutrition in developing countries in keeping with U.S. national security interests,” said Rep. Smith, Ranking Member of the House Subcommittee on Africa, Global Health, Global Human Rights, and International Organizations. “This successful, bipartisan food assistance policy has saved millions of lives, lifted many families out of poverty, and has helped stabilize countries at risk of food insecurity and the political instability that could result from it.”
Following the 2007-2008 global food price crisis, USAID launched the whole-of-government Feed the Future Initiative with the aim of reducing global poverty, building resilience, and tackling global hunger and malnutrition. The resolution highlights Feed the Future’s success in helping transform countries’ food systems and improve their own food security and nutrition, with investments currently focused in 12 target countries and 35 aligned countries around the world. Since its inception, Feed the Future has helped more than 23.4 million people lift themselves out of poverty, prevented 3.4 million children from being stunted, and ensured that 5.2 million families no longer suffer from hunger in areas where the program operates. The resolution highlights the need for continued investment in global food security in the face of the economic impact of COVID–19.
Rep. McCollum and Rep. Smith teamed up to author the Global Food Security Act and subsequent reauthorizing legislation in 2018 which requires a whole-of-government strategy to address global food insecurity and hunger, which is executed by the Feed the Future Initiative.
This resolution has been endorsed by InterAction and the Food Security, Nutrition and Agriculture Working Group co-chairs Bread for the World, Feed the Children and Food for the Hungry.
The text of the resolution can be found here.