South America: food insecurity prevalence 2014-2018, by severity

The share of population who experience severe food insecurity in South America have experienced an increase estimated at nine percent in 2018. Over this period of time, the prevalence of moderate or severe food insecurity experienced by people in South America has increased from 19.1 percent in 2014 to 30.6 percent in 2018. As reported by the source, a person is considered food insecure when they lack regular access to enough safe and nutritious food to lead an active and healthy life.

Prevalence of food insecurity in South America between 2014 and 2018, by degree of severity

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Sources

Release date

July 2019

Region

Central and South America

Survey time period

2014 to 2018

Special properties

Estimates, goes by region

Supplementary notes

According to FAO: "A person is food insecure when they lack regular access to enough safe and nutritious food for normal growth and development and an active and healthy life. This may be due to unavailability of food and/or lack of resources to obtain food. Food insecurity can be experienced at different levels of severity. (...) When someone is severely food insecure, they have run out of food and gone a day or more without eating. In other words, they have most likely experienced hunger. (...) For those who are moderately food insecure, access to food is uncertain. They might have to sacrifice other basic needs, just to be able to eat. When they do eat, it might be whatever is most readily available or cheapest, which might not be the most nutritious food."

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