Food and Nutrition

Issues - Food and Nutrition - Intro

Over 821 million people around the world do not have enough food to eat. Additionally, about three million children under the age of five die from malnutrition each year.

While emergency response and food aid are critical in many circumstances, our goal must be to lessen the frequency, severity, and impact of emergencies and develop each country’s self-reliance and ability to feed themselves.

Issues - Food and Nutrition - More Info

Who's At Risk?

Women and children comprise the majority of the world’s hungry — especially in countries affected by conflict. Furthermore, changing weather patterns and environmental degradation is putting undue pressure on small-scale farmers, particularly women. Poor nutrition in a child’s life can permanently impair physical and cognitive development, which is why special focus is needed on the nutritional needs of women and children in the first 1,000 days, from a mother’s pregnancy to a child’s second birthday.    

Eradicating hunger and malnutrition requires empowering hungry people, including small-scale producers and women, to grow or buy adequate nutritious food themselves. As a partner in the fight against hinger, CARE Action advocates for U.S. Government support and funding, including reauthorization of the bipartisan Global Food and Security Act (GFSA), to address food insecurity worldwide and set families and communities on a path toward independence.

Issues - Food and Nutrition - State of Play

State of Play

In 2016, the Global Food Security Act was signed into law — a historic step toward reducing malnutrition around the world. This legislation marks the first time in history that the U.S. government mandated a comprehensive global food security strategy, including codifying Feed the Future — a U.S. government initiative to combat hunger and poverty worldwide that started under President George W. Bush and grew under President Obama.

Feed the Future combats global food insecurity by investing in agricultural development — including market access, agriculture production, and nutrition interventions — and building resilience in developing countries so they can eventually feed themselves without government subsidies. To date, Feed the Future has lifted 1.7 million households out of poverty, ended child stunting for 1.8 million children, and helped smallholder farmers raise more than $2.5 billion in new income.

On September 25, 2018, Congress passed the Global Food Security Reauthorization Act, extending this critical legislation for five years.

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