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Global Food Security Act of 2013
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Around the world, 870 million people suffer from chronic food insecurity:
- Today, more than 200 million children are chronically malnourished.
- As many as 25% of the world's children are stunted-- permanently physically and congnitively underdeveloped-- due to malnutrition.
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- Food security is the foundation of all other health, education, and economic development investments we make. If students are hungry, they cannot learn in school. If patients do not have proper nutrition, medications do not work.
Now is the time for Congress to act:
- Food is a basic foundation of economic development and sound health. A hungry world will never be a secure world and it can never be a just world.
- Nearly a billion people around the world are struggling with chronic hunger. It is an obstacle to development and threatens our national security.
The Global Food Security Act of 2013 (H.R. 2822), introduced by Representatives Betty McCollum, Aaron Schock, and James P. McGovern, renews our nation's commitment to helping poor countries grow their way out of poverty and overcome hunger. This bill:
- Directs the President to develop a comprehensive, multi-agency strategy focused on improving nutrition, strengthening agriculture development by ensuring smallholder farmers' access to inputs and training, and investing in farm-to-market capacity to strengthen local markets.
- Appoints a new Special Coordinator for Food, Nutrition, and Agricultural Development.
- Requires yearly reports on progress towards meeting strategy objectives.
- Updates the Foreign Assistance Act of 1961 to include a renewed focus on women, nutrition, and smallholder farmers.
This bill will ensure smallholder farmers in the world's poorest countries, particularly women, have the tools, education, and training they need to produce food for their families, communities, and countries.
Now is the time for Congress to authorize a long-term commitment to fight hunger, strengthen agricultural production, and give hundreds of millions of children and families food security so they can grow, develop, and learn.
Organizations that support H.R. 2822:
Action Against Hunger
American Jewish World Service
Alliance for Global Food Security
Bread for the World
Catholic Relief Services
Church World Service
Congressional Hunger Center
Evangelical Lutheran Church in America
Friends Committee on National Legislation
Global Ministries of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) and United Church Of Christ
Helen Keller International
The Hunger Project
International Medical Corps
International Relief & Development
Lutheran World Relief
National Cooperative Business Association - CLUSA
One Acre Fund
Presbyterian Church, USA
RESULTS/RESULTS Education Fund
Save the Children
U.S. Fund for UNICEF
U.S. Global Leadership Coalition
United Church of Christ, Justice and Witness Ministries
United Methodist Church, General Board of Church and Society
World Food Program USA
Women Thrive Worldwide