Meaning of food-insecure in English:



  • Lacking reliable access to a sufficient quantity of affordable, nutritious food.

    ‘60 per cent of the country's population is classified as food-insecure’
    • ‘food-insecure households’
    • ‘The food aid covers the needs of a core group of mostly seasonally food-insecure households for up to three months.’
    • ‘In 2002, 34.9 million people lived in food-insecure households, including 13.1 million children.’
    • ‘Two-thirds of its population is on the brink of famine or "food-insecure", despite three-quarters of the country's grain already coming from the World Food Program.’
    • ‘In the year prior to the survey, about one-fifth of individuals in food-insecure households received help from food banks, soup kitchens or other charitable agencies.’
    • ‘In food-insecure homes (homes uncertain of sufficient money to purchase food), employment levels dropped from 66 percent in 2000-2001 to 56.6 percent in 2002-2003.’
    • ‘The number of hungry people continues to fall gradually, but the reduction is concentrated in Asia while in much of Africa the number of food-insecure has risen.’
    • ‘And from 1999 to 2002, says the USDA, the number of food-insecure households, urban and rural, rose by 15 percent to 12 million.’
    • ‘The aim was to audit progress and assess how such initiatives, if spread on a much larger scale, could feed a growing world population that is already food-insecure.’
    • ‘Research consistently demonstrates that individuals in food-insecure households are at increased nutritional risk and have poorer health.’
    • ‘In total, the survey found that an estimated three million Canadians, or 10 per cent, were considered to be living in a "food-insecure" household at some point during 1998/99.’
    • ‘Today, more than 36 million people in the United States live in food-insecure households, and at least 12 million of them are children under age 12.’
    • ‘Children were the most likely to live in a food-insecure household (14 per cent), and seniors were least likely (four per cent).’
    • ‘These implications range from the health problems likely in food-insecure clients, to the recommendations one can reasonably expect clients to follow, to health care system sustainability.’
    • ‘When we have to rely on external sources of food, and particularly multinationals, we are more food-insecure.’
    • ‘In the United States, the number of people in food-insecure households declined in the strong job market of the late 1990s-but rose when unemployment increased in 2001.’
    • ‘Monitoring each and every household on a regular basis to check whether any of these or other features has caused it to become food-insecure is not just administratively difficult, it is actually impossible.’