WASHINGTON D.C., DC — A bipartisan bill that would reauthorize and extend the Global Food Security Act was introduced by members of Congress on Monday, including Minnesota Congresswoman Betty McCollum.
The act would extend existing legislation authorizing the Feed the Future program from 2023 to 2028. The program was put in place to end the fight against food insecurity in the United States and around the world.
In a statement, Rep. McCollum, the bill's author, says the Global Security Act "cannot be allowed to expire."
“The ongoing U.S. commitment to expand food production while fighting malnutrition and poverty in the world’s poorest countries is absolutely critical to our national security interests," Rep. McCollum said in a news release. "I am proud of this vital legislation, which will allow the United States to continue to support small-scale agricultural development where it is needed most. The human, economic, and national security costs of global food insecurity are too high for Congress to ignore, and they must be addressed.”
According to the press release, because of the Feed the Future initiative, 23.4 million more people are living above the poverty line today, 5.2 million more families no longer suffer from hunger and 3.4 million more children are free from the effects of stunted growth caused by hunger.
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