Members of Congress and leaders from NGO, advocacy and faith-based organizations gathered on Capitol Hill to launch the Roadmap for Continued US Leadership to End Global Hunger. The Roadmap, supported by an unprecedented coalition of 50 organizations, outlines a comprehensive strategy to ensure continued effectiveness of US global food security programs.
July 24, 2012, WASHINGTON DC -- Members of Congress and leaders from NGO, advocacy and faith-based organizations gathered on Capitol Hill to launch the Roadmap for Continued US Leadership to End Global Hunger. The Roadmap, supported by an unprecedented coalition of 51 organizations, outlines a comprehensive strategy to ensure continued effectiveness of US global food security programs. Since the launch of the first Roadmap to End Global Hunger in 2009, World Food Program USA and a coalition of 10 other originating organizations met regularly over the course of a year to evaluate the progress of the first Roadmap and develop recommendations for US policy essential to beating current food security challenges.
More than 925 million people suffer from chronic hunger worldwide -- about one in seven people. Although the world has made strong progress in reducing the percentage of people affected by hunger from 20 percent of the world's population in 1990 to 16 percent by 2007, the overall number of hungry people continues to climb.
"Global hunger is complex, but it is, in fact, a solvable problem. Just as there are many faces of hunger, a multi-facet approach is needed to alleviate hunger worldwide. A comprehensive strategy is the true core of the Roadmap," said Rick Leach, President and CEO of WFP USA.
Rick Leach, Hunter Biden, Board Chair of WFP USA, Helene Gayle, President and CEO of CARE USA, and Carolyn Miles, President and CEO of Save the Children opened the event, highlighting the six core recommendations in the Roadmap.
Together, the Roadmap coalition is calling for:
- Enhancing US coordination and integration of food security programs
- Increasing support for programs that build resilience as well as safety nets
- Institutionalizing the focus on nutrition
- Supporting country-led development
- Increasing and sustaining investment in US global food security programs
These recommendations build upon US leadership and provide a legislative call to action towards a world with less hungry people. "We need to harvest political will to end global hunger," said Gayle.
"The US should engage relevant stakeholders to reduce hunger and malnutrition in this world. There is no reason why someone should go hungry in this day and age. No reason," said Miles.
Congressional champions for global food security Representatives Jack Kingston, Jim McGovern, and Sam Farr addressed the event, speaking to how to best rally Americans in the fight to end hunger. "If you want to end global hunger, follow this Roadmap," said McGovern. "We can ensure no child wakes up, goes to school or goes to bed hungry. This report tells us how to do it. I want to drive down this road to end hunger. "
This launch is just the beginning of an ongoing campaign to build support for the Roadmap's recommendations. Global hunger is the world's biggest solvable problem, if we all take action together.View photos from the launch event and download the complete Roadmap for Continued Leadership to End Global Hunger.