The global economic crisis is taking the greatest toll on people already living in extreme poverty. Responding to this urgent need, President Obama used the recent G20 Summit in London to call on Congress to double U.S. support for food security programs.
As President Obama said, programs like these ''are not charity. They are investments in future markets and future drivers of world economic growth.''
Now is the time to speak up for the world's poor by supporting the president's plan. Please let your senators know today that you support this kind of smart development.
I was pleased to hear President Obama use the recent G20 Summit in London to call for increased funding for global food security. I urge you to do all you can to see that those new funds are allocated and, importantly, that we have a solid plan to leverage food aid as part of the broader fight against poverty.
Specifically, I am asking you to support a comprehensive strategy that coordinates the myriad agencies involved in implementing food security policy. This strategy also should address the continuum of food security, from emergency response to safety nets and social protection to long-term agriculture development. Such a strategy would increase the effectiveness and efficiency of U.S. assistance and address acute and chronic hunger. Supporting the Lugar-Casey Global Food Security Act of 2009 is a crucial first step.
President Obama acknowledged that the global economic crisis affects us all -- but none more than the billions already living in extreme poverty. This crisis provides an opportunity to build a new system that would help people access resources and tools to lift themselves and their families out of poverty. Thank you.
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