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Members of Congress and Humanitarian Coalition Launch Roadmap to End Global Hunger

2/25/09

WASHINGTON D.C. (February 24, 2009) - The United States remains
in a unique position to mitigate the devastating effects of the
worldwide recession on the poorest of the poor who are chronically
hungry. CARE was at the table nearly two years ago when a coalition of
humanitarian organizations began the process resulting in today's
release of theRoadmapToEndGlobalHunger.

''The
United States needs a new strategy. Instead of playing defense, trying
to lessen the impact of an individual crisis, we need to strengthen our
offense and root out the underlying causes of hunger. The Roadmap is
the right game plan at the right time to make this happen,'' says
Helene D. Gayle, president and CEO of CARE USA, an internationally
recognized expert on health, development and humanitarian issues.

CARE
is especially pleased that the Roadmap includes an alternative to
monetization ’” the practice of shipping American food overseas and
selling it in the open market to raise money for development projects ’”
with direct cash support for programs that address chronic poverty.
CARE looks forward to working with Congressman Jim McGovern (D-MA) and
Congresswoman Jo Ann Emerson (R-MO) as they turn the Roadmap into
legislation.

In the past, the United States relied almost
exclusively on transoceanic shipments of food aid to respond to
humanitarian emergencies. In 2007, the U.S. Government Accountability
Office (GAO), the Congressional watchdog, estimated that 65 cents of
every dollar allocated for emergency food aid was spent on shipping and
handling. The Roadmap calls for a more flexible approach that allows
for the use of cash transfers, vouchers or locally purchased food, a
crucial step in saving time, money and lives. CARE decided to phase out
of monetization three years ago.

''CARE favors humanitarian
policies and practices that save lives and at the same time, help break
the cycle of chronic poverty and hunger. One way to achieve this is by
shifting to local purchase and cash transfers. These practices not only
help feed the hungry, they also stimulate agricultural development and
trade,'' says David Kauck, CARE senior technical advisor and an expert
on food security issues.'' TheRoadmap also
calls for greater emphasis on addressing chronic hunger through
improved nutrition, agriculture and safety net programs,'' says Kauck.

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