WASHINGTON, DC (May 11, 2015) — World Vision applauds the introduction of S.1252, the Global Food Security Act of 2015, which continues our commitment to fight and ultimately end world hunger, reauthorizing and building upon the successes of the Feed the Future program. In 2013, Feed the Future showed great success, reaching more than 12.5 million children with nutrition interventions and helping nearly 7 million small-scale producers, many of whom are women. This legislation authorizes foreign assistance to combat food insecurity in developing countries, supporting agricultural development and addressing chronic hunger and malnutrition.
Over 800 million people around the world suffer from hunger. Global food insecurity has a particularly devastating effect on vulnerable children, contributing to almost half the deaths of children under 5. Feed the Future takes a comprehensive, sustainable approach to food and nutrition security and agricultural development in developing countries.
The Global Food Security Act seeks to ensure stability for a program and movement making clear strides in the battle to end hunger, providing others with greater opportunity to live healthy and productive lives. Last month, the House companion of the Global Food Security Act, H.R.1567, unanimously passed out of the House Foreign Affairs Committee and awaits consideration by the full House of Representatives.
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- Act builds upon Feed the Future program, authorizes foreign assistance to fight hunger, malnutrition
- Food insecurity contributes to almost half of all deaths of children under 5
- Bill awaits full consideration by the House of Representatives