Global food insecurity – how many people suffer around the world?

108 million people.

Everyone deserves consistent access to healthy food. / Photo by me.

That’s how many people around the world face food insecurity in 2016, according to a recent report on the global food crisis. The report stated that people who were in areas experiencing civil conflict and famine were much more likely to suffer from food insecurity and a variety of health issues that accompany the issue.

The report also shows that the number of people suffering from food insecurity has climbed dramatically from 80 million in 2015.

“This report highlights the critical need for prompt and targeted action to effectively respond to the food crises and to address their root causes. The EU has taken leadership in this response. In 2016, we allocated €550 million already, followed by another €165 million that we have just mobilized to assist the people affected by famine and drought in the Horn of Africa,” said Neven Mimica, Commissioner for International Cooperation and Development.

 

 

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Malnutrition and Minority Older Adults: A Health Equity Issue

 

April is National Minority Health Month. The U.S. Department of Health and
Human Services labels it
as a “time to raise awareness on issues impacting health disparities and health equity in America.”
Source: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

 

 

Food insecurity is not a simple concept – it’s hard to pinpoint if another facet of a person’s life is a cause of food insecurity or a result of it. But one thing most researchers and advocates agree on is that equity – in regards to things like income distribution, access to nutritious food, access to health and social services and access to education – plays a big part in how healthy a person is, mentally and physically.

April is National Minority Health Month and this year, the theme of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services initiative is “Bridging Health Equity Across Communities.” This article by the Huffington Post focuses on why health equity is important and how inequity affects our older minority populations, once again demonstrating that while hunger and all of the underlying issues associated with it are not selective – they affect all ages – the problem continues to disproportionately affect people of color.

 

Daniel’s Table: fighting food insecurity one city at a time

In Framingham, David Blais chatted with children who were waiting for grilled cheese sandwiches. // SUZANNE KREITER/GLOBE STAFF/FILE 2014

In my search for information about food insecurity, I often come across the stories of people around the country who are doing their part to help more people have access to consistent, healthy food.

This short Q-and-A piece by the Boston Globe focuses on David Blaise, the owner of the Foodie Cafe in Framingham, Massachusetts, and the efforts he and his wife are making to fight food insecurity one town at a time.

In three years, they’ve gone from distributing 225 meals to 15,000 meals a month. That’s pretty awesome.