Defining Food Security
Food security exists when all people, at all times, have physical, social, and economic access to sufficient, safe, and nutritious food for a healthy life. It's a fundamental UN Sustainable Development Goal.
Global Food Security Threats
Climate change, water scarcity, and biodiversity loss pose significant threats to global food security. Extreme weather events disrupt production, impacting the availability and stability of food supplies.
Hidden Hunger Crisis
Despite ample food supplies, 'hidden hunger'—micronutrient deficiencies—affects over 2 billion individuals. It's a challenge of food quality, not just quantity, impacting health and development.
Technology's Role in Security
Innovations like precision agriculture, AI, and CRISPR gene-editing are revolutionizing food production. They increase yield, improve resilience to climate change, and enhance nutritional content of crops.
Urban Farming Breakthroughs
Urban farming, including vertical and rooftop gardens, is reshaping food availability in cities. It reduces transport costs and emissions, and increases local, fresh food access.
Post-Harvest Loss Reduction
Approximately one-third of food produced is lost or wasted. Cutting post-harvest losses through better storage and transportation can significantly boost food security, especially in developing countries.
Empowering Local Farmers
Supporting smallholder farmers with access to markets, credit, and information strengthens local economies and food security. It's crucial for the sustainability of global food systems.