Food security

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A woman selling produce at a market in Lilongwe, Malawi
A farmer holding up onions he has grown on his farm near Gilgil, Kenya

Food security means that everyone in a specific geographical area has access to food. This also means that the food is affordable. That way everyone in the area can get enough food for a varied diet, with enough nutrients. This is especially important for staple food. If there's no food security, malnutrition and famine will result. People who cannot get enough food will also be more likely to start riots.

If there is no food security, this is called food insecurity. One of the reasons for food insecurity is that there are special markets (like stock markets) for food (called commodities). Like with other goods, supply and demand influence the price. Grains can also be used as a food for livestock, or the can be processed to produce biofuel. These resources are then no longer directly available as food. People can place a bet on rising (or falling prices), something that is called a future. External events, such as bad harvests, or wars also influence the price.

Food insecurity can also be defined as the limitation or unavailability of nutritionally adequate food or the inability to acquire acceptable foods.[1]

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