Food Security

Food security is defined as access by all people at all times to enough food for an active, healthy life and includes at a minimum:

  • The ready availability of nutritionally adequate and safe foods, and
  • the assured ability to acquire acceptable food in socially acceptable ways (e.g. without resorting to emergency food supplies, scavenging, stealing, and other coping strategies

“Food security” means that food is available at all times that all persons have means of access to it; that it is nutritionally adequate in terms of quantity, quality and variety; and that it is acceptable within the given culture. Only when all these conditions are in place can a population be considered” food secure”.
All people at all times have physical and economic access to sufficient, safe and nutritious foods to meet their dietary needs and food preferences for an active healthy life.

Positive Factors for Food Security

  • Increasing agricultural production
  • Increasing social protection nets
  • Growing trade in food, internationally
  • Millennium development goals