Policy principles

U.S. global food policies should…

  1. Support small farmers.

policy-principles-photoThe U.S. should enact laws and policies that empower small-scale producers of food in developing countries and regions of the world, including support for agro-ecological methods. This includes implementing trade policies that do not undercut small-holder farmers by importing subsidized agricultural commodities from the United States.

  1. Reform U.S. food aid programs.

Congress should pass the Food for Peace Reform Act, which would allow food aid programs to reach more of the world’s most vulnerable children and families, without additional cost to the U.S. taxpayer. The proposed reforms include purchasing more food locally and regionally and allowing food aid to be shipped on non-U.S. vessels.

  1. Increase funding levels.

Congress should increase funding levels for existing global food security programs, in light of increased conflicts and natural disasters. Programs to fight hunger and malnutrition coordinated by the U.S. Agency for International Development include: the Food for Peace Program, the McGovern-Dole International Food for Education and Child Nutrition Program, and the Emergency Food Security Program.

  1. Be environmentally sustainable.

In order to improve food security, promote a healthy environment and bring about sustainable life-saving results, Congress should prioritize agricultural policies and laws that protect and care for the environment. The impact of climate change on agriculture also continues to increase, requiring a greater investment in climate adaptation and mitigation.

Resources for learning more:

MCC U.S. Washington Office

washingtonmemo.org/food-security

USAID (Food assistance)

usaid.gov/foodaidreform