Food security will be one of the biggest challenges in the current century.
The World Food Summit of 1996 defined food security as existing “when all people at all times have access to sufficient, safe, nutritious food to maintain a healthy and active life”.
Commonly, the concept of food security is defined as including both physical and economic access to food that meets people's dietary needs as well as their food preferences.
Food security is built on 3 pillars:
- Food availability: sufficient quantities of food available on a consistent basis
- Food access: having sufficient resources to obtain appropriate and safe food for an adequate diet/nutrition level
- Food use: appropriate use of safe food based on knowledge of basic nutrition and care including safety of food and adequate water and sanitation.
AGES is involved in many issues concerning food security. For Austria AGES has the competence and responsibility for
- Ensuring agricultural production and enhancing agricultural production potentials to ensure sufficient and nutritious food
- Ensuring food safety
- Ensuring food quality and enhancing a nutritious and healthy diet.