Food Security for Community Development
By Nathanael B.
Philippines, Age 15
Achieving food security for all individuals is a key goal in the development of local, community food systems. Community food security is defined as “all persons in a community having access to culturally acceptable, nutritionally adequate food through local non-emergency sources at all times”. Community food systems very much support and enable the achievement of community food security because of the mutual goals of both efforts.
We all know that food is a very vital need of an individual. Without food, no one can survive from famine. We must learn how to cope up with the increasing poverty and hunger in order for us to survive in this world of us. We must also take the necessary procedures in making sure that the food that we will going to eat are all safe and secured, for our health is very important.
Food security must be achieved in all part of the world for it is an important factor for a person in order to live. Food security refers to the availability of food and one’s access to it. A household is considered food secure when its occupants do not live in hunger or fear of starvation. There are many people around the world who are chronically hungry due to extreme poverty, while others lack food security intermittently due to varying degrees of poverty. Food riots have recently taken place in many countries around the world.
It is becoming increasingly difficult to maintain food security in a world beset by a confluence of “peak” phenomena, namely peak oil, peak water, peak grain and peak fish or in short term, there is a tremendous increase in price of all the necessary needs of an individual.
More than half of the planet’s population lives in urban areas. Any disruption to farm supplies may precipitate a uniquely urban food crisis in a relatively short time. The ongoing global credit crisis has affected farm credits, despite a boom in commodity prices. Food security is a complex topic, standing at the intersection of many disciplines.
A direct relationship exists between food consumption levels and poverty. Families with the financial resources to escape poverty rarely suffer from chronic hunger; while poor families not only suffer the most from chronic hunger, but are also the segment of the population’s most at risk during food shortages and famines.
Food security will only exist when all people, at all times have access to sufficient, safe and nutritious food to meet their dietary needs and food preferences for an active and healthy life.
Food security for a household occurs if they have an access by all members at all times to enough food for an active and healthy life.
Food security includes the minimum availability of nutritionally adequate and safe foods and an assured ability to acquire acceptable foods in socially acceptable ways that is, without resorting to emergency food supplies, scavenging, stealing, or other coping strategies.
The stages of food insecurity are either chronic or transitory. Chronic food insecurity translates into a high degree of vulnerability to famine and hunger; ensuring food security presupposes elimination of that vulnerability.
Chronic hunger is not famine. It is similar to undernourishment and is related to poverty, existing mainly in poor countries.
We must unite ourselves and help one another I order for us to establish a very strong food security that will help us survive and cope up with the increasing poverty and famine in our world. We must encourage everybody and work as a team. We are stronger when united, but weaker when divided.