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Reforming Global Food Systems Critical To Overcoming Hunger, Malnutrition; Congress Should Pass Global Food Security Act

Inter Press Service: Opinion: Better Nutrition for Better Lives
Jomo Kwame Sundaram, coordinator for economic and social development at the Food and Agriculture Organization

“…Creating healthy, affordable, and sustainable food systems for all is the most effective way to [overcome hunger and malnutrition in the 21st century]. … Food systems must become more responsive to people’s needs, including food insecure, socially excluded, and economically marginalized households. … Strong political commitment is required to prioritize nutrition and to improve food systems. … [F]ood system reforms need to be accompanied by needed complementary interventions, including public health, education, employment and income generation, as well as social protection to enhance resilience. Governments, consumers, producers, distributors, researchers, and others need to be more involved in the food system…” (11/26).

The Hill: From farm to table to Capitol Hill: A chef’s perspective on ending global hunger
Spike Mendelsohn, chef ambassador for CARE, TV food-show contestant and host, and restaurant owner

“…The Global Food Security Act of 2015 (S 1252/HR 1567) seeks to incorporate natural resource management into our U.S. food security work, a critical factor in ensuring we have a more sustainable food system. It would also strengthen existing programs, encourage transparency, and build capacity to help communities better cope with unexpected hunger challenges, including floods, drought, and conflict. … With the passage of the Global Food Security Act, the U.S. [would] be closer to ensuring that critical coordination is taking place and that food and nutrition security remains a priority of the U.S. government’s development work for years to come…” (11/26).

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