The passage of the Global Food Security Act on July 6, 2016, enshrined US efforts on global food security into law. It was a major victory for worldwide efforts to advance global nutrition and alleviate poverty through agricultural development.
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.
“In his first inaugural address, President Obama committed to helping farmers around the world as the centerpiece of a global effort to fight hunger. That effort, known as Feed the Future, has leveraged significant private investment and delivered clear, measurable results. Today tens of millions of people around the world are no longer hungry and the children in these families now go to school instead of working in the fields. I have reviewed the data and met these kids. In passing the Global Food Security Act, the US Congress has ensured America will continue to lead the global effort to end extreme poverty in the decades to come.”
“The fact that the Senate passed the legislation without opposition and that the House legislation was cosponsored by nearly one in three Members, ultimately passing by an overwhelming bipartisan vote, shows that Congress understands the economic and national security importance of prioritizing global food security."
“The passage of this act shows that Congress agrees the United States needs a foreign policy strategy to address the challenges of global food security. I hope and expect that this action will reaffirm to our global partners that the American people are fully engaged and committed to solving this problem with smart solutions.”