Help end world hunger: Urge Congress to re-authorize the Global Food Security Act


April 9, 2018

I was hungry and you enabled me to eat – Jesus (Matt. 25:35)
Give a woman a fish and you feed her for a day. Empower a woman to fish and you feed her family and community for a lifetime. – Chinese proverb

In 2016 the Global Food Security Act (GFSA) was signed into law with bipartisan support. This year GFSA is up for reauthorization. HR 5129 in the House and S. 2269 in the Senate would reauthorize the Global Food Security Act for 3-5 additional years.

Action: Contact your members of Congress and ask them to support the Global Food Security Reauthorization Act. This legislation will solidify the vital changes GFSA has made to U.S. agricultural assistance policy and help advance the goals of ending global hunger and malnutrition.

Background:

The Global Food Security Act of 2016 (GFSA) enacted into law the Feed the Future program, which focused U.S. global agricultural assistance on small holder and especially women farmers. Feed the Future has improved the lives and health of our neighbors in need around the world. For example, in 2015 alone U.S. agricultural aid assisted 9 million farmers to grow and market their produce and it reached 18 million children with nutrition interventions.

Feed the Future/GFSA works to empower farmers by strengthening their access to financing, markets, land rights, and by women’s leadership in agriculture. The Global Food Security Act also emphasizes the importance of nutrition interventions in the critical 1,000 day window from a woman’s pregnancy to the child’s second birthday.

Why GFSA re-authorization is needed

GFSA Reauthorization will continue this program with a further emphasis on nutrition programs, especially in the key first 1,000 days; better integration of water, sanitation and hygiene needs into programs; and an increased focus on strengthening community’s ability to adapt to changing external conditions. The House bill would reauthorize GFSA for 3 years and the Senate bill for 5 years.