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  FAO The Special Programme for Food Security
Food security exists 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 programmes are also major contributors to achieving the UN Millennium Development Goals.
Food security programmes are also major contributors to achieving the UN Millennium Development Goals, the world's quantified targets for dramatically reducing extreme poverty in its many dimensions by 2015.
www.fao.org /spfs   (399 words)

  
 Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations
Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations
It has come to the notice of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) that a number of organizations or programmes claim to be acting on its behalf and are misusing its name and logo in that connection.
FAO wishes to advise the public in unconditional terms that it does not sponsor any organizations or programmes which, through website postings or otherwise, claim to be acting on its behalf in recruiting or facilitating the recruitment of personnel.
www.fao.org   (203 words)

  
  ERS/USDA Briefing Room - Food Security in the United States
In households with very low food security, eating patterns of one or more household members were disrupted and their food intake was reduced at times during the year because the household lacked money and other resources for food.
Food Insecurity and Hunger in the United States: An Assessment of the Measure—An assessment by the National Research Council's Committee on National Statistics (CNSTAT) concluded that USDA's measurement of food insecurity should be continued, but may need to be strengthened in several ways, and that a different methodology for measuring hunger should be developed.
Food Assistance Research Brief: Food Insecurity in Households With Children—This brief examines the extent to which the diets and eating patterns of American children are disrupted because their families cannot always afford enough food.
www.ers.usda.gov /Briefing/FoodSecurity   (976 words)

  
  Cross-Campus Initiatives - Food Security White Paper
Given food’s importance to survival, there is a growing belief that much more must be done to collectively increase food security, from soil to seed to consumption: “farm to fork.” Food security is now being considered vital due to the threat of terrorism facing us.
Food is part of federal and state Homeland Security plans, and both the Departments of Agriculture and Health and Human Services have made food security a high priority.
Moreover, the importance of food security to the State of Illinois is critical, due to the large economic and human investments in agriculture and food processing within Illinois.
www.admin.uiuc.edu /initiatives/wpfoodsecurity.html   (3783 words)

  
 Self-Reported Concern About Food Security --- Eight States, 1996--1998
Recognition that hunger and food security are problems in the United States led to the development and implementation of measures of hunger and food security on national surveys.
Overall, the prevalence of a concern about food security was 6.0% in 1996, 6.2% in 1997, and 4.6% in 1998 and ranged from 3.1% to 9.4% for individual states (Table 1).
Concern about food security was highest among those whose self-reported general health was fair or poor, those with 25--30 days of physical or mental health that were "not good" during the preceding month, and among those who reported lower intake of fruits and vegetables.
www.cdc.gov /mmwr/preview/mmwrhtml/mm4941a2.htm   (1444 words)

  
 "Food Security and Safety," ECONOMIC PERSPECTIVES, U.S. State Department - May 2002
Hasty, stop-gap measures to address food security, he says, must be replaced by programs that are crafted, in part, by key stakeholders in affected communities to ensure predictable and stable food supplies appropriate to local conditions.
Others argue that food insecurity is not an issue of a shortfall in food production but rather that governments have neglected agricultural development, made ineffective use of food aid, and, through protective trade barriers, made hunger alleviation more difficult to attain.
Some argue that the U.S. food safety regulatory structure is the best in the world and ensures the safety of both the domestic and export food supply.
usinfo.state.gov /journals/ites/0502/ijee/ijee0502.htm   (538 words)

  
 Food Security and Nutrition Information System Cambodia   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-05)
Food access is also a function of the physical, social and policy environment, which determine how effectively households are able to utilise their resources to achieve food security.
A distinction can be drawn between chronic food insecurity (the inability to meet food needs on an ongoing basis) and transitory food insecurity, when the inability to meet food needs is of a temporary nature.
Transitory food insecurity is sometimes divided into two sub-categories: cyclical (where there is a regular pattern to food insecurity, for example, the "lean season" that occurs in the period just before harvest) and temporary (which is the result of a short-term, exogenous shock such as droughts or floods).
www.foodsecurity.gov.kh /ElementFSN.aspx   (673 words)

  
 PCC Sound Consumer : Food Security
True food security means having access to pure foods that are grown in ways to ensure optimal health, but it also entails protecting our environment so it can grow quality foods.
By purchasing organically and locally grown and produced foods, consumers are not only choosing some of the best possible foods for you and your loved ones; they’re also helping to promote sustainability and food security in the Puget Sound region, the United States and, indeed, the world.
Food that travels across the country often must be treated with preservatives to ensure a long shelf life.
www.pccnaturalmarkets.com /sc/0503/sc0503-foodsecurity.html   (2079 words)

  
 FANTA Focus Areas: Food Security   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-05)
Dietary Diversity as a Household Food Security Indicator (2002): Both the report and the technical note describe a user-friendly, cost-effective approach to measuring changes in dietary quantity and quality and feeding behaviors at both the household and individual levels.
Dietary diversity, defined as the number of unique foods consumed over a given period of time, appears to show promise as a means of measuring food security and monitoring changes, particularly when resources for such measurement are scarce.
Food Security Indicators and Framework for Use in the Monitoring and Evaluation of Food Aid Programs (1999): Integrating food security indicators into the monitoring and evaluation systems of food aid programs will ensure better and more efficient management of these resources and improve their impact.
www.fantaproject.org /focus/foodsecurity.shtml   (2663 words)

  
 FRAC - Hunger in the U.S.   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-05)
Food security is a term used to describe what our nation should be seeking for all its people – assured access at all times to enough food for an active, healthy life, with no need for recourse to emergency food sources or other extraordinary coping behaviors to meet basic food needs.
The questions asked are about anxiety that the household budget is inadequate to buy enough food; inadequacy in the quantity or quality of food eaten by adults and children in the household; and instances of reduced food intake or consequences of reduced food intake for adults and for children.
The survey (called the "food security module") is widely regarded as a reliable indicator of household well-being and will serve as the basis for evaluating our nation's progress in reducing food insecurity -- one of the Surgeon General's health objectives for the nation for the year 2010.
www.frac.org /html/hunger_in_the_us/hunger_index.html   (1276 words)

  
 Food Defense Programs
Food security involves prevention, minimizing, or responding to the deliberate contamination of food products by a variety of potential threat agents.
Food security is not the same as food safety.
Food Safety Specialists has the ability to either write your food security program or perform a third party audit.
www.foodsafetyspecialists.com /food_security.htm   (222 words)

  
 Community Food Security
Food security is almost as much about education and 'consciousness- raising' as nutrition.
Access to food is the chief problem of inner city residents "because of the lack of markets and supermarket redlining," according to Andy Fisher, coordinator of the Community Food Security Coalition, a group that lobbied for the enactment in the summer of 1996 of a Los Angeles city food-security ordinance.
On the city level, she said, food security policies might take many different forms, from re-routing bus lines to make stops at supermarkets to waiving utility fees for water used in community gardens.
www.seasonalchef.com /security.htm   (1465 words)

  
 Food Security | Catholic Relief Services
The food insecure individual or household does not consume a sufficient quantity (or quality) of food to survive; or, if there is sufficient food, the individual does not have the good health to use it properly.
Food insecurity is measured by low consumption and high malnutrition and mortality rates.
Lack of food will continue to be a problem for most developing countries for years to come and CRS will continue to carry out food security programming where it is most needed.
www.crs.org /our_work/what_we_do/CRS_themes/food_security/index.cfm   (717 words)

  
 US FDA/CFSAN - Guidance for Industry: Food Producers, Processors, and Transporters: Food Security Preventive Measures ...
Operators of food establishments are encouraged to review their current procedures and controls in light of the potential for tampering or other malicious, criminal, or terrorist actions and make appropriate improvements.
Under Federal law, food establishment operators are required to verify the employment eligibility of all new hires, in accordance with the requirements of the Immigration and Nationality Act, by completing the INS Employment Eligibility Verification Form (INS Form I-9).
If a food establishment operator suspects that any of his/her products that are regulated by the FDA have been subject to tampering, "counterfeiting," or other malicious, criminal, or terrorist action, FDA recommends that he/she notify the FDA 24-hour emergency number at 301-443-1240 or call their local FDA District Office.
www.cfsan.fda.gov /~dms/secguid6.html   (3441 words)

  
 Right To Food and Food Security
Food Security and Indigenous Peoples IEN or (.pdf) statement on the right to food and food security.
Indigenous peoples are exposed both to contaminated foods from commercially-processed, traditional and subsistence foods, raising concerns of disproportionate exposures to contaminated subsistence foods such as, but not limited to fish and animals that are higher up in the food chain.
Government and industry must recognize that Indigenous peoples’ food related traditional knowledge and practices are valid and valuable to food security, yet they must not implement policies that violate Indigenous peoples’ rights to maintain their traditional knowledge, practices, seeds and other food related genetic resources.
www.ienearth.org /food_security.html   (6618 words)

  
 US FDA/CFSAN - Final Guidance for Industry: Retail Food Stores and Food Service Establishments: Food Security ...
Operators of food retail food stores and food service establishments are encouraged to review their current procedures and controls in light of the potential for tampering or other malicious, criminal, or terrorist actions and make appropriate improvements.
Under Federal law, retail food store and food service establishment operators are required to verify the employment eligibility of all new hires, in accordance with the requirements of the Immigration and Nationality Act, by completing the INS Employment Eligibility Verification Form (INS Form I-9).
If a retail food store or food service establishment operator suspects that any of his/her products that are regulated by the FDA have been subject to tampering, "counterfeiting," or other malicious, criminal, or terrorist action, FDA recommends that he/she notify the FDA 24-hour emergency number at 301-443-1240 or call their local FDA District Office.
www.cfsan.fda.gov /~dms/secgui11.html   (3065 words)

  
 WFP | United Nations World Food Programme - the UN food aid agency
WFP will massively expand its Zimbabwe operation to feed over three million people affected by food shortages.
Floods in Colombia and bitter cold weather in Peru have left nearly 100,000 people in need of food assistance after thousands of families lost their homes, crops and livestock.
In regions wracked by violence or ravaged by drought, the first emergency is how to deliver enough food.
www.wfp.org /english   (283 words)

  
 What Is Food Security?: Save the Children
For families to be food secure, supplies must be available where they live and be accessible to all members of the household, year in and year out.
The food security of children is closely linked with the health, nutritional status, education, and economic well being of their mothers.
The rapidly growing epidemic of HIV/AIDS is eroding gains in food security that had been made in the 1970’s and 80’s, especially in sub-Saharan Africa, where 28 million people are living with HIV/AIDS.
www.savethechildren.org /programs/hunger-malnutrition/food-security.html   (282 words)

  
 Summit on Food Security in Africa
In line with the NEPAD philosophy of increasing reliance on Africa's own resources, the challenge facing the 2006 Abuja Food Security Summit is to accelerate reduction of food and nutrition insecurity through fostering mind-set change in mobilization and utilization of African resources to implement a few quick wins at national, RECs and continental levels.
The Abuja summit is based on full recognition that success in agriculture and food security cannot be divorced from national, regional, continental, and international efforts to address equity, peace and security, good governance, education and health issues.
The Abuja Summit is therefore also to propose practical interventions that can be mainstreamed into all agricultural and food security programmes with a view to achieving measurable impact in the area of good nutrition, including the enhancement of nutritive value for major staple foods.
www.africa-union.org /root/au/Conferences/Past/2006/December/REA/summit/Food_Security.htm   (920 words)

  
 Food Security Resources
The primary focus of the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s nutrition assistance programs is providing food security -- access by all people at all times to enough nutritious food for an active, healthy life.
The Food and Nutrition Service, the agency that administers these programs, know that success depends on the strength and range of our partnerships with State and local governments, community organizations and advocates, and everyone else who is concerned about the problem.
By working together we can make food security a reality in all our communities -- big and small, urban and rural.
www.fns.usda.gov /fsec   (152 words)

  
 WHY - Food Security Learning Center
Food security: Strong, sustainable, local and regional food systems that ensure access to affordable, nutritious, and culturally appropriate food for all people at all times.
WHY’s Food Security Learning Center brings you into the food security movement, a movement that shows how our food system is connected, how our food grows, how it’s processed, who grows it, what we eat, where it comes from, who goes hungry and why.
A truly food secure world would be sustainable and healthy for all people, communities, and the environment.
www.worldhungeryear.org /fslc   (356 words)

  
 Food & Health - CCOF: Organic Certification, Trade Association, Organic Education, and Political Advocacy since 1973
Choosing to purchase organic, locally-produced foods, supporting farmers markets, and advocating for increased availability of healthy, organic foods in underserved regions can all be a part of a larger movement to address food security issues.
Despite the agricultural abundance of the state, the issue of “food security” is particularly pressing in California, where 10.8% of all households were food insecure from 1997–99.
California Food Policy Advocates - Statewide public policy and advocacy organization dedicated to improving the health and well being of low-income Californians by increasing their access to nutritious and affordable food.
www.ccof.org /security.php   (646 words)

  
 Hunger & Food Security Program
"Food security" means that people have access, at all times, to enough food for an active, healthy life for all household members.
CSREES addresses food security in many ways: through research, education, and extension work within the Land-Grant University System partnership; through federally funded nutrition education programs in the states; through a grant program that funds private nonprofits to address community food security issues; and through partnerships across USDA.
Food Security in the United States, USDA Economic Research Service.
www.csrees.usda.gov /hungerfoodsecurity.html   (214 words)

  
 NRAEF: Food Security
Food security deals with the deliberate contamination of food with the intent of causing harm or disruption.
Food Security: An Introduction introduces a six-step approach of Threat Evaluation, Assessment, and Management (TEAM) to identify and address food security threats.
The poster alerts employees to food security dangers and is available in both English and Spanish.
www.nraef.org /foodsecurity   (269 words)

  
 Florida Division of Food Safety - Food Security Guide
Historically, the records of mankind are filled with episodes of bioterrorism, with terrorists attempting to demoralize the general population through attacks on the food supply.
The food supply is certainly vulnerable, but taking proactive measures can strengthen the security of both the food supply and delivery system.
This guide is designed as an aide to operators of food establishments (i.e., firms that produce, process, store, repack, relabel, distribute, or transport food or food ingredients or that prepare or distribute food at retail.) It identifies preventive measures that can be taken to minimize the risk to which food might be subject.
www.doacs.state.fl.us /fs/food_security.html   (897 words)

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