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Decreasing U.S. foreign aid likely to harm food security

A congressional proposal to decrease U.S. foreign aid, in an effort to cut spending, will likely harm global food security and fuel more political unrest throughout the Middle East and Africa, according to activists and government officials, reported the Agence France Presse (AFP).

"They may be able to go back to their constituents in the short term and say 'I cut foreign aid' but they're going to have to go back to those same districts three years from now and say, 'Oh, we have to send troops to Africa because those countries that we didn't help with food security are now having riots and wars,'" Ritu Sharma, president of U.S. advocacy group Women Thrive, told the AFP.

Senator Amy Klobuchar reiterated the sentiment as well, noting that poverty is directly related to "tragedy, death and turmoil."

About 925 million people worldwide are currently hungry, according to Bread For the World.

According to the Agriculture Minister of Liberia, Florence Chenoweth, U.S. foreign aid has helped Liberia recover from war and violence over the past 25 years, reported the AFP.
 
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