What do you understand by Food Insecurity? Differentiate between Chronic and Transitory Food Insecurity.

Published: October 28, 2015

Hint: Food insecurity exists when people lack sustainable physical or economic access to enough safe, nutritious, and socially acceptable food for a healthy and productive life. Food insecurity may be chronic, seasonal, or temporary.
Nutritional consequences of insufficient food or under nutrition include protein energy malnutrition, anemia, vitamin A deficiency, iodine deficiency, and iron deficiency
Chronic Food Insecurity: According to World Bank, Chronic food insecurity reflects continuous inadequate diet caused by the inability to acquire food.
It affects household that persistently lack the ability to either buy food or to produce their own.
Transitory Food Insecurity: On the other hand, transitory food insecurity is defined as a temporary decline in the household’s access to enough food.
It results from instability in food prices, food production and household income. The transitory food insecurity in its worst form produces famine.

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