Nearly 815 million people in the world regularly don’t have enough food to eat. Each year, poor nutrition is an underlying cause of approximately 2.7 million childhood deaths. Despite this, experts believe that we can end hunger by 2030.
The U.S.’ focus on fighting hunger globally helped lift more than 900 million people out of poverty since 2010. Help this progress continue.
At last count, nearly 815 million people around the world, regularly don’t have enough food to eat each day. Each year, poor nutrition is an underlying cause of approximately 2.7 million childhood deaths. In addition, 155 million children are stunted and 52 million suffer from wasting.
The original Global Food Security Act, signed into law on July 20, 2016, created a unified U.S. government strategy to help fight global hunger through support of the Feed the Future initiative. Now, this bill is up for renewal.
The House and Senate bills (S. 2269/ H.R. 5129) continue to advance the U.S.’ comprehensive global food security strategy that will further reduce chronic hunger and malnutrition while promoting a country-led approach to development and leveraging strategic partnerships with NGOs, faith-based organizations, the private sector, and educational institutions.
This bill includes a focus on:
- Economic opportunity and livelihoods
Studies have shown that for every one percent increase in agricultural income per capita, the number of people living in extreme poverty is reduced anywhere from 0.6 to 1.8 percent.
- Women’s empowerment
If women smallholder farmers had the same access to resources and services as their male counterparts, they could increase their crop yields by 20-30 percent.
The Global Food Security Reauthorization Act reauthorizes critical nutrition interventions through an approach that integrates activities from a range of sectors—agriculture, nutrition, resilience, health and more—all with an aim to support families grow, purchase and prepare more nutritious foods, resulting in a 26 percent drop in stunting in focus areas.
- Sustainability, accountability, and transparency
Efforts through the Global Food Security Act and Feed the Future promote sustainable programs thereby reducing reliance on international foreign assistance. U.S. investments in the initiative are thoroughly evaluated, monitored, and tracked with results reported annually to Congress.
Date Introduced: February 27, 2018
Number of Cosponsors: 125
Date Introduced: December 21, 2017
Number of Cosponsors: 13
Date Passed: June 19, 2018
Are you interested in going one step further to fight hunger? Learn more about the Farm Bill.
(Last Updated 8/31/18)