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house Bill H.R. 1567

Developing a Global Food Security Strategy

Argument in favor

The U.S. has vast resources at its disposal, and while this isn’t a huge investment, it creates a strategy for bringing food security to the developing world.

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10/01/2015
Given the impending plight of the developing world thanks to Global Warming - some kind of strategy like this seems like a good idea.
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04/11/2016
we can feed our planet several times over, we need a global food strategy. It's unfathomable that millions of people can go hungry while millions of people become overweight. We need to do what is morally right, and figure out a way to get food to these people, "teach them to fish".
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10/02/2015
The USA spends so much money on war and the military budget. And it doesn't make the world a better place! Feeding and educating and housing them is the right thing to do and would make the world a better place!
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A strategy is only as good as the resources that support it, and the U.S. needs to be focusing on food insecurity at home before it works on helping developing countries.

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04/10/2016
With the highest childhood poverty rate in the industrialized world, we need to focus on that first and foremost in regard to food security. In order to bring positive change to the macro, one must first reach equilibrium in the micro.
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10/01/2015
Ok but no one in this country should be going hungry first
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09/24/2015
It appears we have a lot of food, but when the majority of the population eat only rice. We an not supply enough.we need to focus on our own starving people as well as helping those we can. We do not need to be the world food police. Or any other world police.
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bill Progress


  • Not enacted
    The President has not signed this bill
  • The senate has not voted
      senate Committees
      Committee on Foreign Relations
  • The house Passed April 12th, 2016
    Roll Call Vote 370 Yea / 33 Nay
      house Committees
      Committee on Foreign Affairs
    IntroducedMarch 24th, 2015

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What is House Bill H.R. 1567?

This bill would require the President to create and implement a plan to improve global food security. The plan would include ideas for helping developing countries reduce chronic hunger and poverty, improve nutrition among women and children, and expand agricultural productivity.

While developing and implementing this strategy, the President would be directed to coordinate the efforts of relevant federal agencies including: 

USAID’s Feed the Future Program and the Innovation Labs it operates would be authorized to do the research for initiatives proposed in the president's strategy.

Some of the goals for the global food security plan would include:

  • Accelerating agriculture-led economic growth, 
  • Raising incomes for small-scale producers — particularly women, 
  • Improving the nutrition of women and children across the globe, 
  • Build resilience to food shocks, like famine,
  • Strengthening partnerships between U.S. universities and institutions in developing countries to boost agricultural capacity, 
  • And aligning broader U.S. strategies and investments in trade, economic growth, water, sanitation, and hygiene. 
This bill also clearly states that global food security is in the national security interest of the U.S.

Impact

People facing food insecurity in their communities and in the surrounding agricultural industries, governments in developing countries experiencing food insecurity, relevant federal agencies, U.S. universities and trade industries, and the President.

Cost of House Bill H.R. 1567

$905.00 Million
The CBO estimates that implementing this bill would cost $905 million over the 2016-2020 period.

More Information

In-Depth: The strategy this bill calls for would build on the U.S. government’s 2010 Feed the Future initiative. Since then, it has helped the U.S. provide assistance to nearly seven million farmers to boost their productivity. Roughly 12.5 million children have also received nutritional interventions to combat malnutrition and famine through Feed the Future.

This bill was passed unanimously by the House Foreign Affairs Committee during markup along with six other bills. Sponsoring Rep. Chris Smith (R-NJ) says his bill

“provides a long-term solution to global hunger by authorizing and strengthening the existing national food security program coordinated by USAID commonly known as Feed the Future.”

Media:

Summary by Eric Revell
(Photo Credit: Flickr user DFAT photo library)

AKA

Global Food Security Act of 2016

Official Title

To authorize a comprehensive, strategic approach for United States foreign assistance to developing countries to reduce global poverty and hunger, achieve food security and improved nutrition, promote inclusive, sustainable agricultural-led economic growth, improve nutritional outcomes, especially for women and children, build resilience among vulnerable populations, and for other purposes.

    Given the impending plight of the developing world thanks to Global Warming - some kind of strategy like this seems like a good idea.
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    With the highest childhood poverty rate in the industrialized world, we need to focus on that first and foremost in regard to food security. In order to bring positive change to the macro, one must first reach equilibrium in the micro.
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    we can feed our planet several times over, we need a global food strategy. It's unfathomable that millions of people can go hungry while millions of people become overweight. We need to do what is morally right, and figure out a way to get food to these people, "teach them to fish".
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    Ok but no one in this country should be going hungry first
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    It appears we have a lot of food, but when the majority of the population eat only rice. We an not supply enough.we need to focus on our own starving people as well as helping those we can. We do not need to be the world food police. Or any other world police.
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    Although it seems anti-humanitarian to vote against this bill, it is a misallocation of resources. There is an impending food/water crisis domestically that first needs the Government's attention.
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    Let's take care of the millions of citizens in the US who struggle to get food, before we focus globally.
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    Focus on the hungry and impoverished in the United States and let the free market determine how food is dispersed elsewhere. There should be no government programs for aid of any sort for other countries, but foreign aid should be conducted on strictly a private individual or private organization basis
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    I am not sure why any elected member of Congress would think it is okay to appropriate tax payer money to fund what amounts to a charitable organization that will be run by the United States government.
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    It's about time we stop taking care of the rest of the world and take care of ourselves for a while!
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    This is the goal created by countless international bodies already in existence, not limited to the United Nations, who we already cooperate closely with for food security strategies. Our resources should focus on American citizens, not the developing world.
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    While I thoroughly encourage the US to expand and assist underdeveloped countries I wholeheartedly believe we should focus on the large number of displaced, homeless, and impoverished people in our country. Is it possible to do both? Yes. But we don't have a great track record with either so I would love to see plans that include relief in underdeveloped parts of the US
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    The UN is a thing still right? Well because they are, they should do something about it.
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    We need to be focusing on domestic issues rather than trying to fix the issues of other countries. If we want to provide humanitarian aid to other countries, we should increase support for the UN and allow private charities/organizations to provide humanitarian aid to people living in poverty.
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    Stuff that happens in other countries is their business, not ours. We shouldn't have to spend millions for something we don't use.
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    We must right the wrongs with American first, before we can help the world.
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    I don't like to be the person that says no to helping people in need, but it's best to get yourself together before you go trying to help others.
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    I cannot vote for a bill that says nothing about GMOs. If this means the proliferation of GMOs then I say no. The notion that they will feed the world is a lie. They've been around a very long time and the world is still starving. That's because GMOs are not about that. They're about commandeering the food supply for profit.
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    What, exactly, is the intention of this legislation? To get more taxes out of U.S. taxpayers to buy food from food corporations (who happen to be big political donors) to give to other countries? We ought to make sure we have sufficient nutritious foods available everywhere in the U .S. first. And that those food products are affordable.
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    We need to stop intervening in the affairs of other countries. These programs start out on a clean note but eventually give in to corruption and another form of intervention on our behalf disguised as help. The US needs to mind our own business and fix our hunger problem at home first!
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