Food security is defined as when all people, at all times, have access to enough (quantity), nutritious (quality), safe, personally acceptable and culturally appropriate foods, produced in ways that are environmentally sound and socially just.
Food is a basic human right. Food security is comprised of four key pillars (availability, access, utilization and stability). Agriculture primarily contributes towards the “food availability” pillar through production of diverse and nutritionally rich foods (crops and animals). However, it also contributes towards “access” when farmers sell surplus farm produce. Agriculture refers to the practice of farming to produce food through cultivation of crops or rearing and keeping of animals. Without nutritious food, children can’t develop into the active, brilliant kids we know they can be. Sadly, lack of food is the reality for far too many of the world’s children. Food crises affect the most vulnerable, as rising food prices, transportation costs and environmental factors make it difficult for families to meet their needs.