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Global Food Security Act Shows U.S. Willingness To Support Farmers To End Hunger, Food Insecurity

Thomson Reuters Foundation: Why the Global Food Security Act Matters
Elizabeth Adams, technical specialist for agriculture at Global Communities

“…[The passage of the Global Food Security Act (GFSA)] clearly demonstrates that the U.S. is willing to engage on the issue of food security in a productive manner. Though perhaps more importantly, it also shows a commitment to a deeper understanding of the relationship between food security and economic development. … It has moved us past the old view of food security, recognizing that the best way to fight hunger and food insecurity is to increase the strength and resilience of farmers, their organizations, and the range of support firms, organizations, and institutions with whom they interact on a day-to-day basis. … The passage of the GFSA recognizes that food security is a complex issue, and represents an important shift toward thinking about supporting farmers as the means to increasing access, availability, and utilization of food. As a country we must be open to adopting more legislation like this that keeps pace with current realities and addresses the root of the problem so that the U.S. can continue to contribute to the critical task of ending hunger across the globe” (7/21).

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