Congress Passes Landmark Global Food Security Act

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.

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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

RAJ SHAH

FORMER HEAD OF USAID; SENIOR ADVISOR, THE CHICAGO COUNCIL ON GLOBAL AFFAIRS

“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.”

DOUG BEREUTER

FORMER MEMBER, US HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES; COCHAIR, GLOBAL FOOD AND AGRICULTURE PROGRAM, THE CHICAGO COUNCIL ON GLOBAL AFFAIRS

“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."

DAN GLICKMAN

FORMER US SECRETARY OF AGRICULTURE; COCHAIR, GLOBAL FOOD AND AGRICULTURE PROGRAM, THE CHICAGO COUNCIL ON GLOBAL AFFAIRS
“Multi-year agriculture development projects can help graduate countries and farmers from food aid and help countries become self-reliant rather than continually dependent on short-term solutions. Congress should further elevate US leadership in this area by making the authorization more permanent, and the Council will continue working with policymakers and legislators to identify and offer innovative solutions to food security challenges in a rapidly changing global environment.”

CATHERINE BERTINI

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

“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.”

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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