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  1st Session
S. RES. 365

  Designating October 16, 2019, and October 16, 2020, as ``World Food 



                            October 17, 2019

    Mr. Coons (for himself, Mr. Moran, Mr. Boozman, and Mr. Leahy) 
 submitted the following resolution; which was considered and agreed to



  Designating October 16, 2019, and October 16, 2020, as ``World Food 

Whereas hunger and malnutrition are daily facts of life for hundreds of millions 
        of people around the world;
Whereas women and children suffer the most serious effects of hunger and 
Whereas millions of children die each year from hunger-related illness and 
Whereas many people suffer permanent physical or mental impairment because of 
        vitamin or protein deficiencies;
Whereas the United States has a long tradition of demonstrating humanitarian 
        concern for the hungry and malnourished people of the world;
Whereas there is a growing concern in the United States and in other countries 
        about threats to the future food supply, including--

    (1) misuse and overuse of land and water;

    (2) loss of biological diversity; and

    (3) erosion of genetic resources on a global scale;

Whereas the world community increasingly calls upon the United States to resolve 
        food problems stemming from natural- and human-made disasters by 
        providing humanitarian assistance;
Whereas the United States--

    (1) plays a major role in the development and implementation of 
international food and agricultural trade standards and practices; and

    (2) recognizes the positive role that the global food trade can play in 
enhancing human nutrition and alleviating hunger;

Whereas, although progress has been made in reducing the incidence of hunger and 
        malnutrition in the United States, certain groups remain vulnerable to 
        malnutrition and related diseases;
Whereas the conservation of natural resources, the preservation of biological 
        diversity, and strong public and private agricultural research programs 
        are required for the United States--

    (1) to remain food secure; and

    (2) to continue to aid the hungry and malnourished people of the world;

Whereas the United States is a world leader in the development of agricultural 
        innovation and technology aimed at enhancing the improved production, 
        safety, and quality of the world food supply and must continue to retain 
        that role;
Whereas participation by private voluntary organizations and businesses, working 
        with national governments and the international community, is essential 
        in the search for ways to increase food production in developing 
        countries and improve food distribution to hungry and malnourished 
Whereas the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (referred to 
        in this preamble as the ``FAO'') is mandated to lead global efforts to 
        address food and nutrition security issues;
Whereas the member nations of the FAO have unanimously designated October 16 of 
        each year as ``World Food Day'';
Whereas the FAO has worked to organize activities and efforts on ``World Food 
        Day'' in over 130 countries to promote awareness of and action for 
        people suffering from hunger and malnutrition;
Whereas past observances of ``World Food Day'' have been supported--

    (1) by proclamations by Congress, the President, the 50 States, the 
District of Columbia, the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico, and the territories 
and possessions of the United States; and

    (2) by programs of the Department of Agriculture and other Federal 
departments and agencies;

Whereas private voluntary organizations and community leaders are participating 
        in planning ``World Food Day'' observances in 2019 and 2020, and a 
        growing number of these organizations and leaders are using ``World Food 
        Day'' as a focal point for year-round programs; and
Whereas the people of the United States can express their concern for the plight 
        of hungry and malnourished people throughout the world by study, 
        advocacy, and action: Now, therefore, be it
    Resolved, That the Senate--
            (1) designates October 16, 2019, and October 16, 2020, as 
        ``World Food Day''; and
            (2) encourages the people of the United States to observe 
        the days with appropriate ceremonies and activities.

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