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Food insecurity can contribute to local and global instability, and interfere with peace, prosperity, and U.S. trade.

Food insecurity can contribute to local and global instability, and interfere with peace, prosperity, and U.S. trade.

 America Feeds the World

Food security was defined at the World Food Summit of 1996 as existing "when all people at all times have access to sufficient, safe, nutritious food to maintain a healthy and active life." Today, according to the United Nations Food and Agricultural Organization (FAO), approximately 805 million people suffer from chronic hunger and lack access to a sufficient supply of nutritious and safe food. Tackling this problem to help establish global food security is important not only to hundreds of millions of hungry people, but also to the sustainable economic growth of these nations and the long-term economic prosperity of the United States. As we help countries become more food secure and raise incomes, we also expand markets for American producers.

The U.S. Government Global Food Security Strategy, 2017 - 2021, was released in September 2016. You can read the report here.


ARS brings its research and international partnering expertise to the table, joining the global community to achieve food security for all people, and promote peace and prosperity in the U.S. and around the world.