As U.S. policy and advocacy manager for Global Citizen, Judith Rowland works on the team supporting the U.N. Global Goals for Sustainable Development tasked with eradicating global hunger and extreme poverty by 2030. She helps to amplify the voices of millions of global citizens who take action and call on elected officials to pass policies that would improve global food security and access to nutritious food for the world’s poor.
This year, Rowland is encouraging Congress to pass the Food for Peace Reform Act and the Global Food Security Act, bills that would reform and streamline current food aid practices. The Food for Peace Reform Act would allow the U.S. to buy food directly from local, small-scale farmers for distribution within countries in need – helping to deliver life-saving food more quickly while empowering local businesses. The Global Food Security Act was passed by the House and Senate in early 2016.