Shortly after World Food Day (October 16, 1998), Congress finally (by unanimous consent) passed the Africa: Seeds of Hope Act. The act instructs the U.S. government to focus on the majority of Africans who are rural entrepreneurs or small-scale farmers and give more support to sub-Saharan farm cooperatives in their relationships with international and U.S. businesses. In addition, the act directs the U.S. Agency for International Development to target more food assistance to programs for the poorest people in developing countries.
"Seeds of Hope will refocus U.S. aid to Africa more effectively to fight hunger and poverty," said David Beckmann, president of Bread for the World. "It will make a real difference in the lives of ordinary people in Africa."
Tens of thousands of letters were written to members of Congress by Bread for the World members and other supporters of the Seeds of Hope Act. BFW is a grassroots Christian movement against world poverty.