H.R. 4693 would authorize the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) to coordinate efforts to prevent and treat malnutrition globally. Section 2 of the bill would require USAID to coordinate those efforts with leaders of other relevant federal agencies and with nonfederal entities. The USAID Administrator would develop and submit to the Congress an implementation plan for addressing food security.
In December 2021, USAID launched the U.S. Government Global Nutrition Coordination Plan 2021-2026, which guides the work of seven federal agencies including the Department of Agriculture, the Department of Health and Human Services, and the International Development Finance Corporation. The plan includes providing supplements and food to vulnerable populations and investing in the improvement of health care and food distribution systems. The Administration indicated that it plans to request appropriations of $11 billion over three years to implement the plan.