Global Food Security Act Close to Final Passage in US HouseTue, 07 Jun 2016 06:01:26 CDT
The US House may act this week on the Senate passed version of the Global Food Security Act, a bill that is being championed by both traditional farm organizations as well as international relief groups. The global poverty-fighting organization CARE is one of those groups that is pleased that the House and Senate have both passed versions of this bill- and that the measure is close to being completed.
The Global Food Security Act requires a comprehensive global food and nutrition security strategy that places women at the center of the fight to end hunger and leverages taxpayer dollars by coordinating U.S. global food security programing. The bill is a zero-cost bill that demands sustainability from existing global food security programs.
“Through an effective, transparent and sustainable approach, this bill will ensure that smallholder farmers – and women in particular – are empowered to feed their families and their own communities,” said David Ray, vice president for Advocacy at CARE. “This bill being passed by both chambers shows broad bipartisan support and commitment to addressing global hunger. We urge the House and Senate to work together toward a common bill that can be sent to the President’s desk to become law.”
The Global Food Security Act will improve U.S. programs, including the Feed the Future initiative, in order to support sustainable and equitable agricultural development, reduce global hunger and improve nutrition.
Oklahoma Farm Bureau President Tom Buchanan has also voiced support for the measure- he issued the following statement this past Friday ahead of the expected House action this week:
"As Oklahoma farmers and ranchers, we continue to utilize ever-changing technology methods for both crop and livestock production to provide the safest and most affordable food supply in the world. However, we recognize food insecurity issues still exist not only in Oklahoma, but also around the world.
"Successful farmers and ranchers are the backbone of a strong economy, as all people must have access to a safe, healthy and affordable food supply. We support the Global Food Security Act because it will help educate farmers across the globe to use technology to produce an abundant food supply for their citizens."
Click on the PDF file link below to read more about the Global Food Security Act.
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