About Global Food Security
Providing global food security is one of the principle challenges for humanity in current times. The scale of the challenge is immense. According to an FAO estimate over 1 billion people suffer from hunger. One sixth of all humanity currently goes hungry every day. This is a challenge that has reached unprecedented levels in recent years. There are more people hungry today than at any time since 1970.
Malnutrition has also been growing since the mid-1990s, and in 2008 was affecting approximately 915 million people. These trends are expected to worsen given high food prices, and structural issues relating to the recent downturn in the global economy.
Food Security is a somewhat fluid concept, defined in the 1974 World Food Summit as the ...availability at all times of adequate world food supplies of basic foodstuffs to sustain a steady expansion of food consumption and to offset fluctuations in production and prices.
Adequate measures must be taken to provide a level of food security for the 1 billion people who go hungry every day. Responses from policy makers, the development and foundation community must be attentive to the complex linkages between the global economy, agricultural sectors and presence of food insecurity.
The Aim of The Global Food Security Portal
The Global Food Security portal has the aim of offering a "one stop shop" for information on food security around the world. This is achieved through the management and organisation of information regarding food security policy and related issues comprehensively in one place.
The portal provides instant access to articles and studies on local and international food security policy from a cross-section of organisations working with the subject .Thus a broad-based knowledge platform is offered to policy makers and the global foundation community.
The portal offers a complete and concise directory of organisations working on food security and related areas, along with alerts of upcoming events, conferences and publications.
Global Food Security Portal Intended Usage
The Global Food Security portal is aimed to be of service to individuals, government and non-government bodies, as well as organizations and corporations across the globe in need of information and resources pertaining to food security.