Monday, February 23, 2009

Global Food Security Act (S. 384)

On February 5th, Senator Richard Lugar of Indiana (along with co-sponsors Robert Casey of Pennsylvania and Richard Durbin of Illinois) introduced the Global Food Security Act of 2009 (S. 384) into the U.S. Senate. The Act would fund long-term agricultural development, establish and fund partnerships between U.S universities and universities in the developing world, and provide immediate assistance to combat the current food crisis.
The Global Food Security Act creates a Special Coordinator for Global Food Security within the Executive Office of the President, requires that the President (acting through the Special Coordinator) develop a Global Food Security Strategy, and establishes USAID (U.S. Agency for International Development) as the lead agency coordinating all food security efforts of the U.S. Government. The Act also requires annual reports from USAID to Congress, and requires that the GAO (Government Accountability Office) audit each of those reports.

Call your congressional leaders in support of the Global Food Security Act.