Bread for the World’s new Hunger Report raises the stakes right from its very first sentence:
“2011 is a time of opportunity to achieve lasting progress against global hunger and malnutrition.”
Then it raises them further:
“Feed the Future, a bold new U.S. initiative, may be the best opportunity to come along in decades for the United States to contribute to lasting progress against hunger and malnutrition.”
The message implied in these two sentences: We’ve arrived at an historic moment, let’s not squander it.
The Bread report seeks to raise the clamor among a vast audience and motivate a wide and deep constituency that can hammer home this message to one particular group of Americans: all members of the incoming Congress, both old and new. They have the opportunity to join with the administration and all the other gathering forces – foundations, humanitarian organizations, private sector companies, universities, international institutions, foreign governments – working to end global hunger and malnutrition through agriculture development in the poorest countries. Congress can do its part by fully approving the president’s funding request for Feed the Future -- $3.5 billion over 3 years -- and declaring this work to be a vital and permanent pillar of American foreign policy.