828 million people worldwide face hunger and malnutrition, yet legislation that would help feed the world will soon expire in U.S. Congress, leaving millions without reliable access to food.
Your voice today can keep this from happening. Urge U.S. Congress to reauthorize and fund Feed the Future to ensure the U.S. keeps its commitment to fighting hunger around the world and prevent it from getting even worse.
We have solutions to end the "hunger pandemic" exacerbated by COVID-19 and conflict in Ukraine, but U.S. Congress must 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.
Add your name now to fight global hunger and malnutrition.
We are staring down a global hunger crisis of epic proportions — how the United States acts now will determine how long it lasts, how far it reaches, and how many people it impacts. That is why I am joining CARE Action advocates to urge you to reauthorize and fund Feed the Future at no less than $1.23 billion per year to ensure the U.S. keeps its commitments to fighting hunger around the world.
Right now, 828 million people worldwide are undernourished or chronically hungry — and the worst is likely yet to come. Over the last two years, COVID-19, conflict, and extreme weather events caused levels of hunger and malnutrition to rise sharply to unprecedented levels. The conflict in Ukraine and its ripple effects are raising food, fuel, and fertilizer costs and disrupting agriculture and trade around the world.
Right now, this program that helps feed the world is set to expire, just when it is needed most, particularly for women and children. Despite producing most of the world's food, women and girls often eat last and least. Currently, nearly 4 in 10 women are experiencing moderate to severe food insecurity. Eliminating gender inequality in agriculture alone would feed 150 million more people. By increasing women farmers' access to training, financing, and agricultural inputs, their productivity would increase by up to 30%.
Feed the Future, the flagship U.S. global food security program, has helped lift more than 23 million people out of poverty and improved food security for millions since its launch in 2010. Congress must reauthorize Feed the Future to ensure the program's continuation under future presidential administrations and strengthen the program by increasing its focus on women small-scale farmers, and women's savings groups and collectives and expand Feed the Future's emphasis on malnutrition to include wasting (acute malnutrition) in addition to stunting (reduced growth and development). Lastly, the U.S. must continue to improve U.S. Government food security programming by coordinating a comprehensive strategy across agencies to address hunger.
Please fund Feed the Future at no less than $1.23 billion per year and meet the moment to end global hunger and malnutrition.