On July 20, 2016, the Global Food Security Act of 2016 was signed into law with strong bipartisan support, representing a landmark moment for the United States in recognizing the critical role of food security in development and national security.
The legislation codified the U.S. Government’s commitment to the productivity, incomes and livelihoods of small-scale producers, particularly women, by working across agricultural value chains and expanding farmers’ access to local and international markets. It strengthened the Feed the Future initiative’s existing accountability mechanisms and established parameters for robust Congressional oversight, monitoring and evaluation of impact toward this commitment. As a result of the GFSA, the U.S. Government has signaled to the international community that food security is a priority and has further strengthened monitoring and evaluation of food security programming, developed a more integrated approach, and deepened interagency engagement.
On October 11, 2018, President Trump signed the Global Food Security Reauthorization Act of 2017 into law after it was passed by Congress with overwhelming bipartisan support. This law, which reauthorizes the Global Food Security Act for an additional five years, sends a strong message that America is continuing its commitment to tackling the root causes of hunger through Feed the Future.
For the most recent information and reports on Global Food Security Act implementation, please visit the Progress page.