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Global Hunger

Gains in reducing global hunger have been nearly wiped out in recent years by sharply increasing prices on some of the most basic foodstuffs in every region of the world, and by the current global financial crisis. Projections indicate that the global food price crisis will be long-term and that the impact on poor people in developing countries will be severe.

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As a prominent participant in U.S. government international food aid programs, Catholic Relief Services (CRS) uses food aid, also known as P.L. 480 Title II food aid, to provide food to people who are hungry during emergencies such as wars and natural disasters and for long-term development projects in education, health and agriculture. P.L. 480 Title II food aid uses U.S. agricultural commodities to meet emergency and non-emergency food needs in other countries, including support for food security goals.

CRS has also joined in advancing new approaches to global food security including more flexibility to use cash and commodities as well as support for agricultural development.

CRS Policy Position

CRS has joined a diverse coalition of international relief and development organizations to promote "The Roadmap to End Global Hunger," a new comprehensive plan for the U.S. government to lead the international community in alleviating global hunger. The Roadmap to End Global Hunger addresses world hunger in the short, intermediate and long term and seeks to increase funding for key interventions needed to alleviate global hunger and ensure better coordination among existing U.S. government programs.

Short-term responses to the global food crisis

CRS and the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) are urging the United States to provide:

Long-term responses to global hunger

In the long-term, CRS and USCCB urge the U.S. to:

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