Household Food Security exists when everyone has access to safe, nutritious food of the variety and amount that they need and want, in a way that maintains their dignity. Food security also exists when people are able to earn a living wage by growing, producing, processing, handling, selling, and serving food, as well as when our planet is protected for future generations.
Alternatively, Food Insecurity means members of a household have difficulty accessing, or worry about not having enough food for an active, healthy life1. Household food insecurity is closely related to poverty; the lower the household income, the higher the risk of food insecurity.
For over a decade, FoodARC partners have been involved in understanding the vulnerability of Nova Scotian families and individuals to household food insecurity, as well as the experiences and impacts of household food insecurity. The NS Participatory Food Costing Project provides important evidence of the challenges that people with low-incomes face when trying to eat a healthy diet; this evidence is used by those affected by income-related food insecurity and the organizations and others that serve them to advocate for policy change.
1. Food and Agriculture Organization. Rome Declaration on World Food Security and World Food Summit Plan of Action. Rome, Italy: Author; 1996. Report No.: W3613/E.