Update: the Hunger Resolution has officially passed in the Senate! Will you help us get it across the finish line in the House?
50 million people are facing emergency or catastrophic levels of food insecurity, with famine-like conditions remaining a possibility in 45 countries.
Of the 193 million people who experienced crisis levels of food insecurity in 2021, nearly 139 million lived in environments where conflict is the main driver of food crises. Armed conflict continues to drive internal and cross-border displacement, deprive people of their livelihoods, disrupt markets, trade and crop production, and contribute to higher food prices. Insecurity also constrains humanitarian access, leaving communities without essential assistance and exposing aid workers to increased risks.
A few other startling facts:
- Around the world, the number of children living in conflict zones has been increasing with as many as 426 million children—over one in six— living in conflict zones and more than 35 million children living outside their country of birth and 23 million displaced internally.
- By 2030, up to two-thirds of the world’s extreme poor could live in areas affected by fragility, conflict and violence.
- Roughly 80% of the world’s 144 million stunted children live in countries affected by conflict.
Food insecurity and malnutrition continue to rise, and emerging conflicts drive children to extreme vulnerability. More can be done by global leaders such as the U.S. Government to raise the issue of conflict-induced hunger and clearly articulate steps that can be taken to address it!
The United States is a global leader in the fight against food insecurity and famine through support of humanitarian assistance and development programming that create conditions for peace. The U.S. Government also plays a significant role in conflict prevention and mitigation and has the tools to provide accountability to those who use hunger as a weapon.
A new bipartisan resolution in the House will aim to condemn:
- Use of starvation of civilians as a weapon of warfare
- Intentional and reckless destruction of tools for food production, farmland, and other agricultural assets
- Denial of humanitarian access
- Willful interruption of market systems
This resolution calls on the U.S. government to use diplomatic efforts to address instances where hunger is being used as a weapon, address food insecurity through continued humanitarian response, ensure interagency preparedness and integration, and to consider additional tools, where appropriate, to hold individuals, governments, and militias accountable for using hunger in conflict.
The time to act is now: ask your members of Congress to show their support for this critical issue by cosponsoring House Resolution 922!
House: H.Res. 922
Date Introduced: 2/09/2022
Number of Cosponsors: 23
Date Passed: --
Senate: S. Res. 669
Date Introduced: 6/09/2022
Number of Cosponsors: 17
Date Passed: 7/20/2022