We commend the U.S. Congress for moving toward passage of the Global Food Security Act (S. 1252).
You hear about the partisanship and inaction in Congress. This bill is an example of how diverse interests can come together to support food security and poverty alleviation in Sub-Saharan Africa, Asia, and Latin America. Through our investments overseas, we are helping smallholder farmers in the world’s poorest regions improve yields and pull their families out of poverty.
Some in agriculture might worry that by helping farmers overseas, we are developing competition for American agricultural products. However, we see U.S. agricultural development programs targeted at smallholder farmers as wise investments that are in our nation’s long-term interest.
As stated in AGree’s Call to Presidential Action and our principles and recommendations on International Development, global agricultural development is a proven strategy for reducing hunger and poverty in developing countries and contributing to self-sufficiency, regional stability, and the development of markets for U.S. products.
This legislation brings permanency to food security programs with a focus on smallholder agriculture.
We are proud that our nation – settled by farmers and ranchers – is talking a long-term view and investing in smallholder farm families. The Global Food Security Act is an important step forward.
Advisor Carl Mattson is a Montana wheat farmer. Advisor Fred Yoder is an Ohio corn and soybean farmer and Chair of The North American Climate Smart Agriculture Alliance.