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Food & Hunger

Why agriculture matters in fighting poverty

Anyone who grew up in the Midwest, as I did, understands how important agriculture is to the economy.

Seriously. Soybeans are REALLY important to Missouri’s economy.

In developing countries, agriculture plays an important role too. Today, too many families struggle to earn an income and get food on the table. By changing the existing systems in place, we can reverse that. The answer is simple: as a global community, we must  support smallholder farmers..

Investing in agricultural development is critical for ensuring that communities can pull themselves out of extreme poverty. That is why Global Poverty Project is working with partners like CARE, InterAction, Oxfam, and Bread for the World to build support for The Global Food Security Act (written by the amazing Congressman Chris Smith and Congresswoman Betty McCollum).

The Global Food Security Act will help ensure that more people have access to safe, nutritious food. Specifically, the bill will codify an important initiative at USAID called Feed the Future. Feed the Future works with developing countries to help them build national plans for agriculture development.

Take a look at the video above to learn a bit more about the Global Food Security Act. Then, sign the petition calling on members of congress to cosponsor the Global Food Security Act in the Take Action button!