Save the Children Applauds Passage of the Global Food Security Act to Fight Child Hunger and Malnutrition

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WASHINGTON, D.C. (April, 12, 2016) — Save the Children today praised the House of Representatives for passing the bipartisan Global Food Security Act of 2016 (H.R. 1567) and all the Members of Congress who lead the way in the fight against global hunger and malnutrition.

Joining together with nearly 70 other organizations, we now urge the Senate to swiftly pass this important, bipartisan bill that will advance U.S. leadership in tackling global hunger and malnutrition around the world.

The bipartisan Global Food Security Act is an exciting step forward in the worldwide effort to end global hunger and malnutrition in our lifetime. Hunger and malnutrition prevent millions of people in developing countries from living healthy, productive lives and stunt the mental and physical development of future generations.

The Act includes the development and implementation of a comprehensive, whole-of-government strategy to combat hunger and malnutrition in developing countries. The strategy focuses on increasing sustainable and equitable agricultural development; reducing global hunger; and improving nutrition – especially in the key first 1,000 days between a woman’s pregnancy and her child’s second birthday.

The legislation also promotes country ownership and accountability, improving upon existing monitoring and evaluation practices to ensure U.S. taxpayer investments are implemented transparently, efficiently, and effectively.

We look forward to continuing to work with Congress and the Obama Administration to make the Global Food Security Act law this year and ensure U.S. leadership continues to sustainably tackle global hunger, malnutrition, and extreme poverty.

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