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
  • Tonga 2019 MICS Survey Findings Report
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  • Solomon Islands Food Security Profile
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  • Tuvalu Food Security Profile
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  • Tonga Food Security Profile
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    News & Publications

    Tonga boosts nationwide data on women and children with the release of first MICS results

    October 21, 2020
    20 October 2020 — As the small Pacific Island nation celebrated World Statistics Day, the Government of Tonga released results of the Tonga Multiple Indicator Cluster Survey (MICS) 2019, the country’s first-ever MICS.

    The Economic and Social Impact of the COVID-19 Pandemic on the Pacific Island Economies

    April 29, 2020
    The ongoing COVID-19 Pandemic around the world has necessitated the Statistics Development Division (SDD) of the Pacific Community (SPC) to explore it’s impact on the Pacific Island economies.

    Provisional Pacific Sustainable Development Indicators

    April 24, 2018
    The first quadrennial Pacific Regional Sustainable Development Report will be released after the Pacific Forum Leaders meeting in Nauru in September 2018.