“I am proud to serve as Chair for this important alliance of food security champions. We must not waiver in our efforts to end hunger in our lifetime,” states George Guimaraes.
San Diego, Calif. (PRWEB) December 21, 2012
PCI (Project Concern International) CEO George Guimaraes has been elected chair of the Alliance for Global Food Security (AGFS). The mission of the AGFS is to address hunger, malnutrition and food insecurity through the effective and accountable use of funds, food aid and other resources. The Alliance works to assure that food security-related policies, including food aid, emergency response, agriculture development and nutrition, address the realities that Alliance members experience firsthand in the field.
Members include non-profit organizations that conduct food security programs in partnership with local communities and institutions in developing countries, using food aid and other resources as part of their efforts to alleviate hunger, to improve nutrition, to build local capacity, and to foster agricultural, economic and human development. Current members of the AGFS are PCI; ADRA International; ACDI/VOCA; Counterpart International; Food for the Hungry; International Relief & Development; Joint Aid Management; Land 'o Lakes; OICI International; Planet AID; Salesian Missions; United Methodist Committee on Relief; and World Vision.
According to the AGFS, the world’s efforts to meet the Millennium Development Goal of cutting hunger in half by 2015 is far from reach. The number of people suffering from chronic hunger increased from 1996 to 2004 from under 800 million to 842 million. With the escalating food and fuel prices of 2008, the number increased even more, to 950 million.
Chairing the AGFS gives PCI an even stronger opportunity to positively influence senior administration officials, elected officials, and other high-ranking US Government representatives at USAID, USDA, and other funding entities. PCI’s goal in support of the AGFS and in its new leadership role is to help influence US Government policy and implementation of food and nutrition security programs worldwide.
In addition to PCI’s Washington DC-based office, this Chair position gives the global non-profit organization a more visible role in US Government legislative processes as well as in national and global policy dialogue “I am proud to serve as Chair for this important alliance of food security champions. We must not waiver in our efforts to end hunger in our lifetime,” states George Guimaraes.
Celebrating its 50th anniversary in 2011, PCI (Project Concern International) is an international health, development and humanitarian assistance organization, operating in 16 countries worldwide. PCI is dedicated to saving lives and building healthy communities around the globe, benefitting over 6.7 million people annually in Asia, Africa and the Americas. Funded by federal grants and private support, PCI’s current annual budget is nearly $50 million and the organization has 600 employees worldwide. PCI’s headquarters are located in San Diego, CA and also has an office in Washington, DC and a Seattle, WA representative.