"In essence, hunger is the most extreme form of poverty, where individuals or families cannot afford to meet their most basic need for food. Hunger manifests itself in many ways other than starvation and famine… poor people who battle hunger deal with chronic undernourishment and vitamin or mineral deficiencies, which result in stunted growth, weakness and heightened susceptibility to illness."
- Bread for the World
Policy Action on the Global Food Crisis
Global Food Security Act, Senate
In February 2009, U.S. Senators Richard Lugar (R-Ind.), and Robert Casey (D-Penn.), introduced the Global Food Security Act (S.384) in response to the growing global food crisis. This bill would improve the effectiveness and expand the reach of U.S. agriculture assistance to the developing world. It would provide 10 billion dollars over five years to address the short term food crisis and implement programs such as agricultural research, technological innovation and locally adapted agricultural training to encourage food sustainability in the future
There is little reason for anyone to be hungry in a world in which we have the knowledge and resources to improve food availability and access. The entire world is facing difficult times in this global recession, and now more than ever we need your support to ensure that billions of people do not go hungry and will not in the future. Please contact your Senators and ask them to join us in cosponsoring the bill. If you would like to learn more about the bill and the issue, please visit the food security page of my website. - Sen. Lugar
Global Food Security Act, House of Represenatives
"Congresswoman Betty McCollum (MN-04) today introduced the Global Food Security Act of 2009 (H.R. 3077) with Representatives Donald Payne, Jo Ann Emerson, and others, calling for a coordinated and comprehensive U.S. global food security strategy that leverages bilateral and multilateral investments and creates partnerships with the private sector, NGOs, and universities. A Government Accountability Office 2008 report found that defeating chronic hunger will take a major new effort in global agriculture. While 20% of U.S. foreign assistance was going to global agriculture in the 1980s, the U.S. will invest only 3% this year."
Congresswoman, Betty McCollum’s Website
Text of the Bill
The Administration’s Stance on Global Hunger:
"On April 2, 2009, President Barack Obama announced a doubling of assistance for global agricultural productivity and rural development. He also called for a comprehensive food security strategy to alleviate chronic hunger that affects nearly one billion people worldwide. The announcement tracks provisions of the Global Food Security Act of 2009, authored by U.S. Sen. Dick Lugar and approved by the Senate Foreign Relations Committee on March 31."
Individual Policy Action on Hunger
You can encourage your members of congress to vote and help pass this bill!
Your opinion is important - your voice can encourage members of congress to help pass this bill! They were elected to make your voice heard but they can only accurately represent you if you make them aware of your stance on important issues.
Your representatives and senators have staff members designated to listen to your concerns and let your opinion be represented. This can be done through email but the most effective ways are to write a hand written letter, make a phone call, or plan an office visit.