Latin America: number of people experiencing food insecurity 2014-2018, by severity

The number of people experiencing severe food insecurity in Latin America was estimated at 54.7 million in 2018. In comparison to the previous year, this represents a decrease of 5.1 million severely food insecure people. Since 2015 however, there has been an increase of 16.7 million people experiencing severe food insecurity. According to 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.

Number of people experiencing food insecurity in Latin America from 2014 to 2018, by degree of severity

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Sources

Release date

August 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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