Tuesday, March 8, 2016

Presbyterian Church (USA) Joins 69 Development and Faith Based Organizations in Support of the Global Food Security Act of 2016

Coalition Statement of Support for the Global Food Security Act of 2016 (S.1252) 

As organizations engaged in efforts to end global hunger, malnutrition, and extreme poverty, we applaud the Senate Foreign Relations Committee for scheduling a markup of the Global Food Security Act (S.1252). We thank Chairman Bob Corker (R-TN) and Ranking Member Ben Cardin (D-MD) for their leadership, and now urge the full Senate Foreign Relations Committee to move this important bill out of Committee. We also thank Senators Johnny Isakson (R-GA) and Robert P. Casey Jr. (D-PA) for their leadership and originally introducing this important piece of bipartisan legislation. These Senators are well-known leaders in the fight against global hunger and malnutrition, as well as champions of small-scale producers’ efforts to lift themselves out of poverty.

Globally, 795 million people are hungry and malnutrition causes nearly half of all deaths of children under 5 (3.1 million children) each year. 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.

After decades of declining support for farmers in developing countries, renewed U.S. leadership from President Bush and now President Obama has sparked a global commitment to help people feed themselves. Governments, nongovernmental and civil society organizations, academic and research institutions, businesses, multilateral institutions, and producers themselves have all recommitted to fighting extreme hunger and malnutrition through new agriculture-focused investments. The impacts are clear. Growth in the agriculture sector is 11 times as effective at reducing poverty as growth in other sectors in sub-Saharan Africa.

The Global Food Security Act is an exciting step forward in building the political will needed to end global hunger and malnutrition in our lifetime. 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.

In addition to capturing and improving upon the successes that the U.S. government is already achieving through its Feed the Future Initiative, this legislation authorizes the continued use of the International Disaster Assistance (IDA) account to respond to emergency food needs by creating the Emergency Food Response Fund. We strongly support the Emergency Food Response Fund, which supports the continued use of response tools such as cash transfers, food vouchers, and local and regional procurement to meet the needs of communities affected by manmade or natural disasters in places like Syria, Yemen, and Nepal. The bill also maintains IDA’s existing flexibility to ensure the U.S. government can respond appropriately to the challenging and changing needs of vulnerable people affected by disasters.

We support passage of the Global Food Security Act, a bill that responds to the full spectrum of food security needs. We look forward to continuing to work with Congress and the Administration to pass the Global Food Security Act and help ensure U.S. leadership continues to sustainably tackle global hunger, malnutrition, and extreme poverty in the most effective ways possible. 

1.     1,000 Days
2.     ACDI/VOCA
3.     Action Against Hunger
4.     ActionAid USA
5.     ADRA International
6.     Alliance to End Hunger
7.     American Academy of Pediatrics
8.     American Jewish World Service
9.     Amref Health Africa
10. Association for International Agriculture
11. and Rural Development (AIARD)
12. Association of Public and Land-grant
13. Universities
14. Auburn University Hunger Solutions
15. Institute
16. Bread for the World
18. Catholic Relief Services
19. Church World Service
20. Concern Worldwide US
21. Congressional Hunger Center
22. Counterpart International
23. Edesia
24. Evangelical Lutheran Church in America
25. Fabretto Children’s Foundation
26. Farm Journal Foundation
27. Food for the Hungry
28. FRB - Foods Resource Bank
29. Global Communities
30. Global Food Exchange, LLC
31. Global Harvest Initiative
32. Global Health Council
33. Global Poverty Project
34. Global Water Challenge
35. GrainPro Inc.
36. Heartland Global, Inc.
37. Heifer International
38. Helen Keller International
39. INMED Partnerships for Children
40. InterAction
41. International Medical Corps
42. Islamic Relief USA
43. JAM - Joint Aid Management
44. Lutheran World Relief
45. MANA Nutrition
46. Mercy Corps
47. Mercy-USA for Aid and Development 
49. ONE
50. One Acre Fund
51. Outreach, Inc.
52. Oxfam America
53. PCI
54. Presbyterian Church (USA)
55. Salesian Missions, Inc.
56. Save the Children
57. Self Help Africa
58. Stop Hunger Now
59. The Borgen Project
60. The Episcopal Church
61. The Hunger Project
62. United Church of Christ, Justice and Witness Ministries
63. United Methodist Church, General Board of Church and Society
64. U.S. Fund for UNICEF
65. Volunteers for Economic Growth Alliance (VEGA)
66. Water for South Sudan, Inc.
67. Women Thrive Worldwide 
68. World Concern
69. World Food Program USA 
70. World Vision