Sunday, July 07, 2013

Food Insecure in South Africa

 Food security occurs when people lack secure access to sufficient amounts of safe and nutritious food for normal growth and development, and an active healthy life

According to Food Bank South Africa, more than 20% of the population today is food insecure. That means that approximately 11-million South Africans do not know where their next meal will come from. Like in many other parts of the world, the hardest hit people are women and children. Moreover, this self-reinforcing poverty trap lies rampant in rural communities.

 South Africa remains one of a handful of countries that produces enough food to adequately meet local food consumption needs. In other words, there is enough food to feed everyone. Therefore, the problem is distribution and access [lack of money to buy food]. 

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