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Lutheran World Relief Welcomes New Global Food Security Act
Baltimore, July 25, 2013 — Lutheran World Relief (LWR), together with more than 30 other leading non-governmental organizations [http://lwr.org/GFSA] engaged in the fight to end global hunger and malnutrition, today welcomed the introduction of the Global Food Security Act of 2013 (H.R. 2822) by Representatives Betty McCollum (MN-4) , Aaron Schock (IL-18) and James McGovern (MA-2).
The bipartisan Global Food Security Act is a much-needed step forward in building the public and political will required to end global hunger and malnutrition in this generation. It sets forth a comprehensive strategy for assisting developing countries to increase sustainable and equitable agricultural development, reduce hunger, improve nutrition, develop rural infrastructure and stimulate rural economies.
LWR strongly believes that the global agriculture system must ensure that small-scale producers, who grow 80 percent of the food in developing countries, benefit from national and international agriculture policies and that their livelihoods are enhanced and empowered as a result. This bill recognizes the important contribution of small-scale farming to global food and nutrition security and requires the United States to ensure that agricultural assistance to other countries includes, benefits and protects small-scale farmers, especially women farmers. It also promotes global standards of transparency for international land deals and calls for strengthening programs to provide land tenure support to rural communities.
Representatives McCollum, Schock and McGovern are leaders in the fight against global hunger and champions of agriculture’s important role in economic development. LWR looks forward to working with Congress and the Administration to sustainably reduce hunger around the world.