Developing strategies to end hunger

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Hunger in the United States is rooted in poverty. We need to create good jobs for everyone who can work; provide supports, such as affordable child care, to enable lower-wage workers to continue to work; and strengthen our education system so more people qualify for jobs in today's "knowledge economy."

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As Congress debates a five-year reauthorization of the U.S. farm bill, we draw attention to the impact of some U.S. agriculture policies on farmers in the developing world. Federal commodity payments that enable U.S. exports to sell for artificially low prices make it impossible for farmers whose governments cannot provide such support to compete. 

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The U.N. Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) are an unprecedented effort to set and achieve measurable development goals -- such as cutting hunger by half and child mortality by two-thirds -- between 1990 and 2015. The significant progress made in many countries has created enough momentum to make it possible to end mass hunger entirely within a generation -- by 2040.

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Growing awareness of the importance of good nutrition in the 1,000-day "window of opportunity" between pregnancy and a child's second birthday has brought stronger political leadership to ending malnutrition during this period -- particularly from the countries in the Scaling Up Nutrition (SUN) movement (33 at last count) and their global supporters.

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There are 11 million to 12 million unauthorized immigrants in the United States. Developing immigration policies that meet the needs of the U.S. economy, workers, and sending countries will require looking for ways to improve the conditions that drive people to leave home in addition to focusing on U.S. labor market needs.

  

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There are far too many hungry people -- one person in six around the world -- and malnutrition still kills millions of young children every year. But less than 50 years ago, the hunger rate was one person in three. Cutting hunger in half in just a few decades is an achievement we can build on. We have the knowledge and technology to end mass hunger by 2040. 

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Bread for the World and Bread for the World Institute support poverty-focused development assistance, which enables people in the developing world to get access to the tools they need to improve their lives. Development assistance focuses on clean water, immunizations, nutritious foods, farming supplies, and other prerequisites for creating a healthy, functioning community. 

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Some of the poorest farmers in the world are already struggling with the effects of climate change -- more severe droughts, more frequent floods, pests devouring crops in regions where they've never been seen before, and more. Climate change, combined with the need to double the production of food by 2050 to meet the needs of a projected 9 billion people, makes stepping up investments in sustainable agricultural productivity more urgent than ever.  

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