President Biden announced the U.S. plan to address world hunger and weakened food systems in his first speech at the U.N. General Assembly on September 21st. The plan will be split in half to address both global and domestic sides of these issues and will be distributed over the next five years. The plan was outlined on September 23rd at the U.N. Food Systems Summit in which Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack attended.
More specifically, the plan will focus on water issues, equitable access, and resilient food systems to defend against economic disruptions.
Earlier in the year, the Biden administration increased funding to the U.S. SNAP program, better known as food stamps, but the continued food supply chain disruptions caused by the Covid virus, and its variants, have created the need for more diverse solutions. Eight goals have been outlined as a response:
- Financing for Food Security & Agricultural Projects
- Financing for Nutrition in Low & Middle-Income Countries
- Food Fortification
- Food Loss & Waste Reduction
- Creation of School Meals Coalition
- Climate Smart Agriculture & Forestry
- Global Agriculture & Food Security Program
The above goals will be applied to both the international and domestic issues facing us all and will be spread out over the next five years to meet the overall goal of reducing hunger 50% by 2030. Further details relating to the specific distribution of domestic funds will be forthcoming as they emerge.