President Obama just signed a bill that would set gears into motion to end world hunger. It may seem like a lofty goal, but the Global Food Security Act of 2016 aims to improve the lives of lower class, rural people around the world by investing in small farms and family agriculture.
Fiscal and physical investments would accelerate growth and crop yield through more productive means of farming. Through this act, the president hopes to put a serious dent in food insecurity and hunger around the world.
“Development isn’t charity,” Obama said as he revealed his plan. “It’s one of the smartest investments we can make in our shared future, in our security, in our prosperity.”
The law is a result of seven years of brainstorming and conjugation following the Feed the Future global panel he initiated with other international leaders shortly after taking office. The new bill would allow for $7 billion to go toward helping small-scale food producers and directly target childhood hunger and poverty.
"No society can flourish, children can’t flourish if they’re going hungry," Obama said. "We can’t ask a child to feed her mind when she can barely feed her stomach."