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'Food security exists when all people, at all times, have physical, social and economic access to sufficient, safe and nutritious food which meets their dietary needs and food preferences for an active and healty life.'

Food and Agricultural Organisation of the United Nations (2013)

It is estimated by the Australian International Food Security Centre that there are now one in eight people in the world, that is one billion people, who go hungry everyday. More than half of these people are small farmers and their families, who rely on their farms both to feed themselves and also earn them additional funds. Australia is well placed to help contribute to improving food security in developing countries across Africa, Asia and the Pacific by sharing its expertise in agricultural research. This is important as improving agriculture is one of the main ways to ensure or to improve food security.