President Signs Pivotal Global Food Security Act

The signing of the Global Food Security Act by the President on  October 11, 2018, enshrines US efforts on global food security into law for another five years. It was a major victory for bipartisanship. No Democrat nor Republican objected, showing Americans agree efforts to advance global food and nutrition security through agricultural development are critical to our national interests. This is an acknowledgment that these programs drive economic opportunity at home and abroad, increase global stability, and promote American leadership.

The Chicago Council on Global Affairs has long convened task forces, produced research, and published reports recommending that the United States commit itself to this kind of long-term global food security strategy as a crucial component of US foreign policy.

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Since 2009, the Council has engaged business, policy, scientific, and civil society leaders for a series of reports recommending how the public, private, and NGO sectors can work together to implement innovative solutions to global food security challenges.

What Our Experts Are Saying about the Global Food Security Act

CATHERINE BERTINI

FORMER EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR, UN WORLD FOOD PROGRAM; DISTINGUISHED FELLOW, GLOBAL FOOD AND AGRICULTURE, CHICAGO COUNCIL ON GLOBAL AFFAIRS

“Working to end global hunger is not just a matter of moral or humanitarian importance to Americans. Our task forces find that these efforts also have a significant positive impact on US national security, while also creating economic opportunity for America's domestic producers and, of course, for the smallholder farmers at the core of this legislation."

DOUG BEREUTER

FORMER MEMBER, US HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES; DISTINGUISHED FELLOW, GLOBAL FOOD AND AGRICULTURE PROGRAM, CHICAGO COUNCIL ON GLOBAL AFFAIRS
“The fact that a strong bipartisan group supported the bill in the Senate and that the House passed it unanimously, shows that Congress understands the economic and national security importance of prioritizing global food security."

DAN GLICKMAN

FORMER US SECRETARY OF AGRICULTURE; DISTINGUISHED FELLOW, GLOBAL FOOD AND AGRICULTURE PROGRAM, CHICAGO COUNCIL ON GLOBAL AFFAIRS
“This overwhelmingly bipartisan legislation has given the Trump administration an opportunity to add their stamp of leadership to global food security, and to highlight that international agricultural development is, in fact, consistent with a broad range of political philosophies.”

ERTHARIN COUSIN

FORMER EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR, WORLD FOOD PROGRAMME; DISTINGUISHED FELLOW, GLOBAL FOOD AND AGRICULTURE, CHICAGO COUNCIL ON GLOBAL AFFAIRS
“With the passage of the Global Food Security Act, policymakers have taken a step in the right direction. This legislation demonstrates a US willingness to lead a multi-dimensional approach, fundamentally addressing  the root causes of hunger while building the resilience of the world’s most vulnerable - undercutting the possibility of instability and violence.”

The Council's Global Food and Agriculture Program works to identify opportunities for US leadership in advancing global food security and nutrition and alleviating poverty through agricultural development.

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