Hunger is a domestic and international issue. Urge Congress to pass the Farm Bill to extend vital global hunger-fighting programs, like USAID’s Food for Peace and USDA’s McGovern Dole School Feeding activities.
Over the past decade, the U.S.'s focus on fighting hunger globally has helped lift an estimated 23.4 million people out of poverty. Help this progress continue.
Every five years, legislation known as the Agricultural Act—commonly referred to as the “Farm Bill”—is considered by the U.S. Congress. While this bill is largely related to domestic agriculture issues, it includes a title that addresses international food assistance programs. The most recent Farm Bill, the Agricultural Act of 2014, was set to expire this year.
As Congress works on the Farm Bill of 2018, World Vision proposes the following:
- Protect funding for FFP development programming at $350 million per year with the authority to increase this funding to 30 percent of overall FFP appropriations with the remainder of funds supporting emergency activities. This “safe box” programming is critical in efforts to help countries tackle the root causes of poverty by putting people on the path to self-reliance.
- Replace the minimum monetization requirement with permissive authority, and support use of the Community Development Funds within FFP non-emergency development programs.
- Further leverage good governance and social accountability programs in FFP and McGovern-Dole Food for Education to empower vulnerable and disadvantaged populations to improve their own food security through more transparent and responsive public and private institutions.
- Support and advance the increased use of cash, food vouchers, and local and regional procurement in Food for Peace (Section 202e) and McGovern-Dole Food for Education programs.
- Reduce the impact of cargo preference on food assistance programs.
- Leverage crisis modifiers in FFP programs with more frequency and depth to enhance resilience to shocks and protect development gains in agriculture, food security, and livelihoods.
Date Introduced: April 12, 2018
Number of Cosponsors: 0
Date Passed: December 12, 2018
Date Introduced: June 11, 2018
Number of Cosponsors: 1
Date Passed: December 11, 2018
(Last Updated 1/4/19)