U.S. Leadership On Global Food Security Critical To National Security
Statesman: McRaven and McCaul: National Security Dimensions of Global Food Insecurity
Bill McRaven, retired Navy four-star admiral and former chancellor of the University of Texas system, and Rep. Michael McCaul (R-Texas)
“…Global hunger is a major national security concern. … With a population bulge already under way in sub-Saharan Africa and South Asia, malnutrition and food insecurity could be a primary driver for countries and regions moving toward greater poverty and instability. This poses a direct threat to the national security of the U.S. Therefore, we must adopt a comprehensive strategy to address global food insecurity at its root causes. … Over the last several years, the U.S. government has increasingly focused on food security by including it as a foreign policy and national security priority. … In Congress, members of both parties have been working to improve policy and increase resources for programs combating global hunger and malnutrition. … The United States has the opportunity to be a leader in funding programs, enacting policies, and building on these multi-stakeholder partnerships to end hunger. Our leadership will not only save lives and ensure economic prosperity, it will decrease conflict and protect Americans both here and abroad” (10/25).