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McCollum Introduces Bipartisan Global Food Security Act to Strengthen U.S. Commitment in Fight Against Global Hunger and Poverty

July 25, 2013
Press Release

For Immediate Release:  July 25, 2013                                         
Contact:  Maria Reppas (McCollum) (202) 225-6631 

Washington, DC – Today, Representative Betty McCollum (D-MN) 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.