Global hunger is rising. One person is estimated to be dying of hunger every four seconds.
U.S. leaders can, and must, act by supporting strong international food assistance programs in the 2023 reauthorization of the Farm Bill, a critical tool to fight both acute and chronic hunger.
Through reauthorization of the Farm Bill, we can increase investments in savings groups, agricultural loans, education on water management, and risk management practices to ensure programs are proactively preventing future hunger crises. These programs save lives, but we know they could be even more effective.
Urge your elected officials to take a stand now against global hunger and malnutrition before it's too late.
To whom it may concern:
I am joining with CARE Action advocates to urge you to help fight food insecurity and malnutrition around the world, especially as impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic and the invasion of Ukraine exacerbated the current global hunger crisis. U.S. Congress can, and must, act by supporting international food aid programs in the 2023 reauthorization of the Farm Bill.
Right now, as many as 828 million people worldwide are undernourished or chronically hungry. In times of strain, women and girls often eat last and least, despite being the majority of food producers globally. There are 150 million more women who are food insecure than men, and that number is growing. We need to act now to ensure the most vulnerable communities, particularly women and children, have reliable access to nutritious food and that small-scale farmers are empowered to transform food systems that have long perpetuated inequities.
This year Congress will reauthorize the Farm Bill, a critical tool in fighting both acute hunger and building communities' resilience to combat chronic drivers of hunger. Title III of the Farm Bill authorizes several important international food aid programs: Food for Peace, the McGovern-Dole Food for Education Program, Food for Progress, and the Bill Emerson Humanitarian Trust. These programs provide emergency food assistance and nutritious school meals, and help local communities build resilience through sustainable agricultural production, climate adaptation, and strengthening livelihoods.
U.S. resilience food assistance programs also reduce the need for costly humanitarian interventions in the future. Every $1 invested in resilience programs saves $3 in humanitarian assistance when crisis strikes. This is a significant return on investment, but these programs could work even better. Through minor technical changes, U.S. international food assistance programs can maximize U.S. taxpayer dollars, strengthen the resilience and capacity of local farmers, and ensure that the most effective form of assistance is meeting the urgent needs of hungry people. These programs save lives, but we know they could be even more effective.
I urge you to reauthorize and strengthen the international food assistance programs in the Farm Bill. These programs help lift communities out of hunger and propel them towards healthier, more productive futures. Please take a stand against global hunger and malnutrition before it's too late.
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