Food security

“People are considered food secure when they have availability and adequate access at all times to sufficient, safe, nutritious food to maintain a healthy and active life.”

 World Food Programme source

Some 795 million people in the world do not have enough food to lead a healthy active life. That’s about one in nine people on earth. source

There is an ongoing trend towards greater per capita consumption of animal protein in developing countries. Meat consumption is projected to rise nearly 73 percent by 2050; dairy consumption will grow 58 percent over current levels. source

Poor nutrition causes nearly half (45%) of deaths in children under five – 3.1 million children each year. source

Asia is the continent with the most hungry people – two thirds of the total. source

The prevalence of food insecurity amongst the Australian population is estimated at 5%. source

FAO (Food and Agriculture Organization): information, videos, current events – all current and up to date. source

World Food Programme: detailed information on hunger and malnutrition, including global statistics and a “hunger map”. source

Kids can make a difference: videos and information showing how kids can make a difference and what they are doing in various countries to end poverty and hunger. source

Oxfam Australia: excellent, detailed information for secondary students on global food production and food security. source

Global Education: food security information and teaching activities for upper primary (Food for the World) and upper secondary (The Power of Food). source

Food First: an organisation that works to end injustices that cause hunger through research, education and action.  Lots of material for the teacher and students. source

World Health Organisation: information and links around food security and nutrition. source

CSIRO: highlights current research in agriculture (senior secondary). source

World Vision: great information (use the search feature). source

World Hunger Notes: quotes, information and events occurring at present.  All is up to date and includes external links. source

Australian Institute of Family Studies: food insecurity in Australia – what is it and who experiences it? source

Caritas Australia: food security, food sovereignty and sustainable agriculture are discussed, with a detailed account of the factors that can cause food insecurity. source

FoodWise is DoSomething’s national campaign to reduce the environmental impact of Australia’s food consumption. The website gives practical advice and information on what can be done to solve environmental issues. source

Interactive maps:

  • Global Food Security Index – interactive world map which ranks countries and gives other details, country by country, showing strengths and challenges. source
  • Food and Agriculture Organization: the state of food insecurity in the world (2017) is clearly shown in this interactive hunger map. source
  • Carbon Brief: an interactive map which illustrates how climate change will shape food insecurity across the world. source

World Food Clock is a visualisation showing global food production, consumption and waste. source

Get to grips with the Global Food Crisis: 14 minute film clip. source

Oxfam has produced an 8 minute film clip, Food and You. source

Biofuel and globalisation: a short animation. source

Food, Inc.: view the trailer (DVD available from AFW). source

The Hunger & Food Security Myth: do we really need industrial agriculture to feed the world? (6:30 mins) source

How to Feed the World?: why do some eat well while others starve? (9 min video) source

How sustainable is your food?: take the quiz! source

Backwards Hamburger: a quick look at some fast food chains and how they process meat. source

Tassie Beekeepers for World Heritage: an excellent Wilderness Society video on Tasmanian forest destruction, the honey bee and food security. source

Can you Beat the System?: an interactive simulation game to help students understand the global food system (free download of materials). source

The World is Thirsty because we are Hungry shows the relationship between food production and water use (2½  min video) source

Food insecurity, how it happens and what you can do: 3 minute film examining why some communities are more vulnerable to hunger and famine. source

Feeding nine billion – introducing solutions to the global food crisis: 12 minute video. source

Linking food safety to food security: 6 minute video. source

The Hidden Global Food Crisis: 4 minute animation. source

Download and play Food Force source to understand the logistical challenges of delivering food aid in a major humanitarian crisis (Mac download available here). source

Play Third World Farmer and experience the hardships involved. source

Free Rice: various quizzes where 10 grains of rice are donated for every correct answer. source

Hunger map: this downloadable map (2015) provides information about the biggest single risk to global health. source

Hunger IQ: Zero Hunger is the goal in this quiz. source

Play Snack Dash, a free downloadable arcade game where you have to help Sonic collect healthy food. source

Solusville: explore the town and enjoy the activities (for younger students). source

Hungry Decisions: an exercise that can be used to deepen understanding of poverty and hunger. source

The Food Game: 3 rounds of questions with map guides on this interactive page. source

World Environment Day, June 5 source

World Vegetarian Day, October 1 source

World Food Day, October 16 source

Australian Food Sovereignty Alliance: facts and videos about how to support community food projects. source

Foodbank: sign up to be a food fighter and continue the fight until we live in an Australia without hunger. source

Healthy Food Access Tasmania source

Source Community Wholefoods source

Sustainable Living Tasmania source

Eat Well Tasmania source

Second Bite source

Foodbank of Tasmania source

Other learning recourses

A Fairer World has posters, classroom activities, books, DVDs and web links on global issues such as food security. Contact us for a complete list of resources available free or on loan to members.

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