WASHINGTON, D.C. (March 10, 2016) —
Save the Children today
praised passage of the bipartisan Global Food Security Act of 2016 (S.1252) by the Senate Foreign Relations Committee.
The bill, introduced by global food security and nutrition champions Senators
Johnny Isakson (R-GA) and Robert P. Casey Jr. (D-PA), represents strong bipartisan cooperation to maintain
U.S. leadership in combating global hunger and malnutrition for nearly 800
million children and families worldwide.
We thank Chairman Bob Corker (R-TN) and Ranking Member Ben Cardin
(D-MD) for their leadership and support in making this bill stronger than ever
and look forward to supporting members of the Senate to expedite the bill to
the floor for final passage.
"Final passage of
the Global Food Security Act will be a major step toward ensuring the U.S.
government continues to be a leader in ending hunger and malnutrition by 2030,”
said Carolyn Miles, President and CEO of Save the Children. “The focus on
nutrition and the critical 1,000 day window from pregnancy through a child's
second birthday is a game-changer in terms of helping millions of children to
reach their full potential."
The Global Food Security
Act requires the U.S. government to pursue a comprehensive,
whole-of-government strategy that leverages all U.S. investments in global food and nutrition
security to achieve the
greatest impact. The bill covers the full
spectrum of global food security needs from responding to emergency food crises
to investing in long-term development programs that address the
underlying causes of chronic hunger and malnutrition.
efforts to reduce global poverty,
hunger and malnutritionhelp to stabilize situations that can
become threats to our national security. They also reduce the risk of chronic
malnutrition and child
stunting, which can impact not only a child’s ability to survive
and thrive but also the productive future of a country-reducing a country’s Gross Domestic
Product by as much as 16 percent. This
bill will help create a better, safer world for children everywhere.
Save the Children is
proud to be part of a broad-based effort to
pass the Global Food Security Act that includes not
only NGOs, but also the private sector. “This is an issue that everyone can get behind; that’s why
we’ve seen such strong bipartisan support for this bill and are hopeful that it
will become law this year,” noted Miles.
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