International Hunger Briefing Recap - Leveraging Foreign Aid to End Hunger

On July 18 InterAction, in collaboration with One Acre Fund and the House Hunger Caucus, hosted the International Hunger Briefing. The event brought together a bipartisan and bicameral group of congressional offices with representatives from nearly a dozen development and humanitarian organizations. The packed house of over 60 participants examined the future of food security policy, outlined key areas for improved program implementation and highlighted current best practices for hunger eradication.

The discussion opened with remarks from Congresswoman Lynn Jenkins (R-KS) who, alongside her colleague Congressman Jim McGovern (D-MD), champions the bipartisan Hunger Caucus. They focused on the critical nature of food security and the need for effective cooperation in Congress to elevate food security concerns. 

The panel was moderated by David Hong (One Acre Fund) and included Connie Veillette (The Lugar Center), Thomas Pesek (International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD)), and Melissa Ho (Millennium Challenge Corporation).  Mr. Hong began the panel underscoring the growing need for humanitarian relief in high risk famine areas and each panelist highlighted the unique contributions their organizations bring to research, implementation and policy development related to food security.

Panelists also shared their perspectives on key priorities for the incoming USAID Administrator, the latest food security innovations and the impact of both global security concerns and development financing on international food security assistance.

The dialogue highlighted the progress that has been made over the last decade to elevate food security issues, but also how the sector can evolve through improved collaboration on research and policy to address growing areas of need.

During the question and answer session, the panel joined members of the audience to discuss the importance of continuing to share the personal narratives of those who are impacted the most by food aid and humanitarian relief. The panel closed with a push for continued congressional advocacy and education about the interconnection of hunger relief and global development sustainability.   

Article by Stacy Omosa and Rodney Orr, InterAction Global Development Policy and Learning team interns.