Congress Passes Global Food Security Act
Did you know that agricultural production has to increase 75 percent in the next 35 years in order to feed the world’s population of 9 billion people by 2050? That means that in the next 35 years, the farmers of the world have to grow twice as much food as has been grown since the beginning of humanity.
The United States Government is doing something about that with the recent passage of the Global Food Security Act of 2016. In a bi-partisan effort in both the Senate and House, the bill is now on its way to President Obama’s desk for signature. The Outreach Program has been in favor of this legislation and was one of the original groups who signed on in support.
The Global Food Security Act is an exciting step forward in building the political will, best practices, and transparency that are needed to end global hunger and malnutrition by 2030. The Act includes the development and implementation of a comprehensive, whole-of-government U.S. 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. Here’s a fantastic new book by Roger Thurow, The First 1,000 Days.
While most of the meals we package stay in the U.S. to help alleviate the hunger in children, seniors and families, we also provide meals for hungry people around the world. Sometimes, it is for relief in times of disasters when people have no access to food. At other times, our food is sent for development – helping children go to school to get an education which is the best way out of poverty. To learn more about what we do internationally, please check out our Children’s Centers, our Medical Missions and our Water Projects.
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