Three Chicago Council on Global Affairs experts will testify today on food aid and food security before the House Foreign Affairs Committee. The hearings, “Reforming Food Aid: Desperate Need to Do Better” and “Food Security and Nutrition Programs in Africa,” will both be live streamed.
Council Senior Advisor and former USAID Administrator Raj Shah and Dan Glickman, former Secretary of Agriculture and co-chair of the Council’s Global Agricultural Development Initiative, will discuss the importance of using a range of tools to help feed billions of people suffering from short-term and chronic hunger at a hearing before the House Foreign Affairs Committee at 10 a.m. eastern.
“U.S. agriculture can and should be seen as an important partner in meeting food needs,” says Secretary Glickman in his prepared testimony. “Introducing more flexibility into America’s food aid program will not negatively affect the vast majority of U.S. food producers, but a failure to leverage the strengths of the U.S. agriculture and food sector will negatively affect our ability to advance global food security."
“The time to bring together stakeholders to bolster America’s humanitarian leadership around the world is right now,” says Administrator Shah. “Making food assistance more flexible and efficient will allow the United States to save more lives today and work to create stability in some very tough crises around the world. Authorizing Feed the Future will build on this tradition and allow countries to transition from dependence to self-sufficiency, all while creating the markets of the future for our traders and producers. America can lead the fight to end hunger – and the Congress should act now to support results-oriented, evidence-based programs that show all of us how to accomplish that extraordinary goal.” His prepared testimony may be found here.
Later in the day, Council Senior Fellow Roger Thurow will discuss the importance of good nutrition during the 1,000 day window between pregnancy and a child’s second birthday at the hearing on food security in Africa for the HFAC Subcommittee on Africa, Global Health, Global Human Rights and International Organizations at 12:45 p.m. eastern.
“Nutrition is an essential component of global food security,” says Thurow in his prepared testimony. “Nutrition and all that supports it – clean water, sanitation, hygiene, agriculture that is as focused on improving the nutritious value of food as it is on improving yields. It all works together. And in development work all these elements must come together at once. And here is where the United States government can, and should, lead.”
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