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House Passes Smith-McCollum Global Food Security Act

April 12, 2016
Press Release

Today, the United States House of Representatives passed the Global Food Security Act (H.R. 1567), a bill which would take significant steps to fight hunger worldwide by empowering and supporting small-scale local farmers.

Congresswoman McCollum was the lead Democratic sponsor of the bill, which was introduced by Rep. Christopher Smith (R-NJ).

“In the world’s poorest countries, malnutrition and stunting affect hundreds of millions of people and undermine the development of entire countries. This tragedy is made all the worse because it is completely preventable," Representative McCollum said. "The Global Food Security Act invests in hardworking smallholder farmers around the world to reduce hunger and improve nutrition. In particular, it empowers women farmers with the tools, resources, education, and training they need to grow their way out of poverty."

"This critical investment in global food security builds healthier families, strengthens communities, and improves our own national security. I appreciate the hard work so many supporters of this legislation have put into its passage, and I thank my colleagues for their support today.”