1,000 Days applauds the bipartisan and bicameral introduction of the Global Food Security Act (GFSA), which would primarily reauthorize funding for Feed the Future, a U.S. Government initiative to address the root causes of global hunger and poverty to improve nutrition and food security. The Senate bill (S. 4649) was introduced by Senators Bob Casey (D-PA), Jim Risch (R-ID), Chris Coons (D-DE), and John Boozman (R-AR). The House bill (H.R. 8446) was introduced by Representatives Betty McCollum (D-MN-04), Chris Smith (R-NJ-04), Gregory Meeks (D-NY-05), and Michael McCaul (R-TX-10).
The Global Food Security Act was first enacted in 2016 to reduce hunger and malnutrition, improve resilience in food insecure communities, and support agricultural-led development. GFSA authorized Feed the Future through 2018 and again through 2023. The recently introduced GFSA legislation would reauthorize the program through 2028. To date, Feed the Future has reached over 26 million children with nutrition-specific interventions.
Blythe Thomas, Initiative Director of 1,000 Days welcomes the introduction of GFSA – “We were particularly pleased to see the mention of the 1,000-day window in the House bill language as we know that is a critical period and good nutrition is of the utmost importance. As the bills move through committee, we encourage legislators to focus on the importance of nutrition interventions during the first 1,000 days. We look forward to meeting with Congressional offices and advocating for passage of GSFA during this critical period of global food and nutrition insecurity.”