Latin America: food insecurity prevalence between 2016-2018, by gender and severity

In Latin America, nearly thirty percent of women suffered from either moderate or severe food insecurity during the three-year period 2016 to 2018. This compares with a figure of 24.8 percent for males in Latin America. As reported by the source, a person is considered food insecure when they lack regular access to enough safe and nutritious food to promote an active and healthy life.

Prevalence of food insecurity in Latin America between 2016 and 2018, by gender and level of severity

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Sources

Release date

August 2019

Region

Central and South America

Survey time period

2016 to 2018

Special properties

Average three-year estimates

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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