Food Security

Authored by: Steve Wiggins , Rachel Slater

The Routledge Handbook of New Security Studies

Print publication date:  January  2010
Online publication date:  January  2010

Print ISBN: 9780415484374
eBook ISBN: 9780203859483
Adobe ISBN: 9781135166205


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Food security is about assuring individuals of their capability to lead their lives, by being able to move physically for work and leisure. It also means that as infants and children they were fed well enough to allow development of their physical and mental powers. Conversely, when people are food insecure, they cannot fully function, and this may entail additional insecurity since they may respond in dangerous ways. For example, a hungry person may undertake commercial sex work, engage in crime, or migrate to find work and assistance regardless of the dangers of the route or the destination.

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