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Media CenterCRS Joins 67 Organizations Thanking Senate Committee for Passing Global Food Security Act
Catholic Relief Services (CRS) joins 67 organizations in thanking a Senate committee for passing the Global Food Security Act (GFSA), legislation that authorizes the Feed the Future Initiative which support agriculture-led economic growth in several developing countries.
The Senate Foreign Relations Committee passed the bill today, March 10, by voice vote and CRS urges to the full Senate to support the measure. The legislation responds to the full spectrum of food security needs of farmers around the world, and passing it will signal continued U.S. leadership to sustainably tackle global hunger, malnutrition, and extreme poverty in the most effective ways possible.
“Feed the Future is a ‘whole-of-government’ initiative that is intended to concentrate resources and coordinate efforts from multiple agencies for greater results in food and nutrition security,” said Dr. Carolyn Y. Woo, CRS’ CEO and President in testimony before the House Foreign Affairs Committee in October 2015. Dr. Woo went on to note that it marks “a significant and much needed increase in investment by the United States in the area of food security” and that “we strongly advise Congress to pass the GFSA in the near term.”
The bill makes permanent the Feed the Future Initiative, and improves upon it by directing more attention to the most vulnerable, including civil society, and requiring more transparency. Together, these measures will help smallholder farmers in developing countries through training and skills building so they can feed their families, earn incomes and lift themselves out of poverty.
“The Global Food Security Act is an exciting step forward in building the political will needed to end global hunger and malnutrition in our lifetime,” reads the joint statement released today.
CRS implements a number of Feed the Future-funded programs around the world aimed at helping farmers improve their livelihoods, including this program in Zambia.