Food Security

In order to feed a growing population and support the trend towards a higher meat diet in many parts of the world, food production needs to double by 2050 – using less arable land, less fertilizer, and in a time of uncertain climate change. While the climate adaptation debate has largely focused on yields, the nutritional quality of food is also fundamental. Future increases in yield must not be achieved at the expense of the nutritive value of food.

Food security is defined as when all people at all times have access to enough food and a balanced diet. This depends on the production of food (agricultural yield), the availability of food (distribution, cost) and its nutritional value. Meeting food production goals in the face of climate change, requires new approaches to agriculture and land management.

Why engage?

  • Economic growth and job creation
  • Poverty reduction
  • Trade opportunities
  • Increased global security and stability
  • Improved health and healthcare

From Nutrition perspective, “when we think of food insecurity as an issue,” says Monash researcher and public health dietitian Dr Kleve, “we might usually think of it in the context of a developing country, not in a high-income country like Australia.” Yet current estimates from the Australian Health Survey (2011-2012) suggest more than one million Australians are food-insecure. A 2017 Foodbank survey puts the number even higher, at 3.6 million Australians. (Link - https://lens.monash.edu/@medicine-health/2019/04/29/1374640/walking-the-food-security-tightrope)

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