'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

Australia is well placed to 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.

In the Library

Use a keyword search in the Library catalogue for "Food security".

Books on the shelves.

Go to the Library catalogue and do a keyword search for "food security". Some individual titles that will also be useful are:

  • The Atlas of food : who eats what, where, and why by Erik Millstone and Tim Lang. This atlas maps every link of the food chain, from farming, production and retail to the food on our plates. It also investigates how, in an era of new technologies, globalized food trade and even plentiful supply, millions remain hungry.
  • Food security, nutrition and sustainability edited by Geoffrey Lawrence, Kristen Lyons and Tabatha Wallington. This book offers a critical insights, written by international scholars, on global food security, supermarket power, new technologies and sustainability.
  • Global food crisis / edited by Justin Healey, from Issues in Society, volume 327, Global food production will have to rise 70 per cent by 2050 as the world population expands to 9.1 billion from 6.8 billion people. Recent global food prices have been the highest on record, exceeding 2008 levels that sparked deadly riots across the world. What is Australia's role in global food security and how are we managing our own domestic food challenges in relation to environmental sustainability, rising food prices and declining productivity.
  • Hungry planet: what the world eats by Peter Menzel and Faith D'Aluisio. Peter Menzel and Faith D'Aluiso present a photographic study of families from around the world, revealing what people eat during the course of one week. Each family's profile includes a detailed description of the weekly food purchases; photographs of the family at home, at market, and in the community.

Then for something completely different you may like to read:



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Reference Resources

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Atkins, P, Bowler, I, 2001, Food security in Food in society: economy, culture, geography, Arnold, London, pp. 154-172.

Brunett,-Fell, B, ed., 2011, Food technology in action: premilinary and HSC courses, stage 6 syllabus, 4th edition, Jacaranda, pp. 13-18.

Wahlqvist, M.L., 2002, 'Food security, nutrition in transition and sustainable environments, in Food and nutrition: food and health systems in Australia and New Zealand, 3rd edition, Allen & Unwin, Crows Nest, NSW, pp. 57-79.

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Web Resources

Australian International Food Security Centre. A strategy for the AIFSC has been developed for the 10-year period 2012–2022. It identifies the scope and most effective areas of focus to deliver greatest impact for food security and the operations and delivery mechanisms to achieve these. The strategy is our response to and builds on the priorities, gaps and research capabilities identified through consultations with Australian, African and international stakeholders.

Australian Marine Conservation Society: Sustainable seafood guide

Australian Organic. Australian Organic is the pre-eminent organisation for the organic industry and movement – on matters relating to education, trade, promotion and advocacy.

CSIRO: Farming and Food production

Global Warming Effects on Food. Check the "Hot Map" from this site to see which countries are already at risk.

Global Fund for Women. Search their site for the work that the Fund is doing in regard to food security.

The State of Waste: Australian Food Wastage statistics

United Nations World Food Program. The World Food Program is the largest humanitarian agency fighting hunger worldwide.

WWF. World Wildlife Fund. Sustainable seafood