July 20, 2022
WASHINGTON, D.C. – The U.S. Global Leadership Coalition (USGLC) President and CEO Liz Schrayer released the following statement on the growing global hunger crisis and the urgency to ensure Congressionally-approved emergency resources reach those in need in the most timely, effective, and transparent way possible:
With an unprecedented global food crisis, we have strongly supported bipartisan leadership by Congress to approve more than $5 billion in emergency resources to help confront the most severe hunger crisis facing humanity in history. These investments will not only save lives, but will advance the health, security, and economic interests of Americans here at home.
We also welcome important steps by the Administration to deliver resources where they are needed most, including the recent announcement of nearly $1.2 billion for urgent needs in Somalia, Kenya, and Ethiopia.
Yet, given the dire situation, we urge the Administration and Congress to work together to expedite the delivery of remaining food assistance funding – prioritizing effectiveness and transparency – as intended. There is simply no time to waste.
At the same time, we must continue to address the root causes of food insecurity, redoubling our efforts with our international partners to help countries build resilience to future food shocks. This will require significant and sustained investment, and USGLC is committed to working alongside Congress and the Administration to this end.
The U.S. Global Leadership Coalition (www.usglc.org) is a broad-based influential network of 500 businesses and NGOs; national security and foreign policy experts; and business, faith-based, academic, military, and community leaders in all 50 states who support strategic investments to elevate development and diplomacy alongside defense in order to build a better, safer world.