Food Security Explained
Food Security in South Africa

© Eric Miller
When people live without hunger, or the fear of hunger, they might be regarded as food secure.
Between growing populations flocking to cities and instability in weather patterns and the economy, more and more people are uncertain about where their next meal is coming from. Food Security is a global issue that affects not only the poorest of the poor but everyday urban inhabitants.

SouthAfrica.co.za details what it means to be food secure and what food insecurity looks like in various sectors of society.

Food Security: The Big Picture

For so long, the story of food security has started in the ploughed fields of farms the world over. The issue has been seen as simply that, about food production, good old-fashioned agriculture....more

Urban Based Food Insecurity

Research was conducted by the African Food Security Urban Network (AFSUN) examining levels of food security among poor, urban households in many of the big Southern African Development Community (SADC) region cities....more

Urban Food Insecurity: The Invisible Problem

We tend to picture food insecurity in its most frightening form: the emaciated appearance of someone whose body has been whittled down to a macabre frame, where prolonged starvation has stretched skin drum-taut over bone...more

What is Food Security?

The United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) definition states that food security occurs when 'all people, at all times, have physical, social and economic access to sufficient, safe and nutritious food that meets their dietary needs...more