U.S. Budget, International Donors Must Consider Increased Funding For Global Food Security

The Hill: Famine In South Sudan: A turning point in global food security: 2017
Rick Leach, president and CEO of World Food Program USA

“…The start of this year signals the launch of a new humanitarian appeal cycle … While the U.N. global appeal covers a range of humanitarian relief (e.g. shelter, health, education), the food assistance needs alone are staggering. … Food security is central to global stability. … The U.S. has a long bipartisan history in supporting global food security and consistently leads the international community in the fight to end hunger. Major donors in Europe and in the Middle East have increased their contributions. But even with increased attention and burden-sharing, need is growing faster than funding. … In 2017, the global community will either rise to meet the unprecedented food assistance needs, or we will choose to bear a much higher cost at a later date, assuredly under conditions of increased global instability. At this point, the final outcome of the 2017 U.S. congressional budget process is uncertain, but it is important that the decision-making around that process is informed by the reality of growing threats of famine and the human costs they represent” (2/27).