WASHINGTON, D.C. (April, 12, 2016) —
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,
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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