- March 19 - On Wednesday, March 21st, Bread for the World Institute will
release its annual report on world hunger, which concludes that for
a penny a day per American, the United States can lead an
international campaign to cut world hunger in half by the year
2015. Foreign Aid to End Hunger is Bread for the World Institute's
11th annual report on the state of world and U.S. hunger.
The report recommends that Congress and President Bush start
with $1 billion a year in additional U.S. aid and debt relief for
sub-Saharan Africa, where hunger is most widespread and
intractable. This U.S. commitment, the report says, would prompt
other industrial nations to provide more aid.
The Institute, a Washington education and research center, is a
partner organization of Bread for the World, a nationwide Christian
citizens movement against hunger.
In sub-Saharan Africa, 291 million people live on less than $1
a day, and one person in three is chronically undernourished. The
region's problems have been exacerbated by civil wars, HIV/AIDS,
declining agriculture, huge foreign debts, inadequate education and
health care, and a lack of roads and other infrastructure.
To overcome hunger and poverty, the report says, African
countries need to improve agriculture and food distribution, build
infrastructure, enroll more children in school, empower and educate
women, prevent and treat HIV/AIDS and other diseases, and start new
businesses and microenterprises. Bread for the World Institute
recommends a long-term U.S. aid partnership to help African
countries make these investments.
Bread for the World is a 45,000 member Christian citizens'
movement against hunger. Founded in 1974, Bread for the World's
members lobby Congress and the administration to bring about public
policy changes that address the root causes of hunger and poverty
in the United States and overseas. Bread for the World is a
nonpartisan organization supported by 45 denominations and many
theological perspectives. Please visit our Web site at