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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News & Publications

Nauru 2021 population and housing census: analytical report

August 23, 2023
The Nauru Bureau of Statistics today released an analytical report on the 2021 Population and Housing Census.

National assessment of the Solomon Islands food system

June 7, 2023
This report highlights three main pathways for changing the food system based on consultations and analysis.

Marshall Islands 2021 Census report Basic tables

May 30, 2023
Welcome to the Volume 1 basic tabulations of the Marshall Islands Census conducted in 2021!

Tonga Food Security Profile 2023

May 6, 2023
This Food Security Profile is part of the series Hunger and Food Security (SDG 2.1) profiles that provide national snapshots for a range of SDG-oriented indicators.
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