Food security only exists where there is access to enough nutritious food despite the effects of varying, physical, social and economic factors.
Access to food is an incredibly complex issue and there’s a stark disparity across the globe: we’re currently witnessing starvation and malnutrition versus overeating and obesity. For those in more affluent areas, the heavy demand and consumption of livestock and dairy products is putting a strain on production.
At the other end of the spectrum, the UN reports that those facing chronic food deprivation has increased to nearly 821 million in 2017, from around 804 million in 2016. The situation is worsening in particular for South America and many regions in Africa. Population growth will continue to put significant pressure on food resources though and it has been estimated that we need to produce more food in the next 35 years than we have ever produced in human history.
There are positive steps that can be taken though. For example, did you know that if women farmers had the same access to resources as men, the number of hungry in the world could be reduced by up to 150 million?
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