Food security

Food security exists when all people, at all times, have physical, social and economic access to sufficient, safe and nutritious food to meet their dietary needs and food preferences for an active and healthy life (World Food Summit, 1996).

There are four dimenstions to food security:

Food Availability
Refers to “Sufficient” amount of food that is present in a country/area through local food production and imports or food aid

Food Access
Refers to “physical, social and economic access” to acquire adequate amount of food consistently through production, purchases, barter, borrowings

Food Utilisation
Refers to “safe and nutritious food which meets dietary needs for an active and healthy life”

Food Stability
Refers to “at all times” in the definition and applies to all 3 dimensions

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Key Reports
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  • Tuvalu: household income and expenditure survey (HIES), Report 2015-2016
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    Food suecurity