Feature: Millions of Filipinos experience food security
by CP Babaran
Manila (16 October) -- Food security as defined in the World Food Summit exists when all people, at all times, have access to sufficient, safe and nutritious food to meet the dietary needs and food preferences for an active and healthy lifestyle.
In the Philippines, achieving food security ma be farfetched since millions of Filipinos continue to suffer from hunger and malnutrition.
Results of the 7th National Nutrition Survey showed that more than three million preschool children suffer from undernutrition. School children, adolescents and adults also suffer from protein-energy malnutrition and micronutrient deficiencies. Malnutrition among these age groups can be attributed to the unavailability of sufficient, safe and nutritious food to meet the individual's dietary needs.
According to the Food Insecurity Survey conducted by the Food and Nutrition Research Institute as part of the 7th NNS, three in every 10 mothers and two out of 10 children experienced food insecurity in the past three months because there was no food to eat or no money to buy food. Two out of 10 mothers, while one out of 10 children experienced hunger. Skipping or missing meals was the most frequent experience among food insecure mothers and children.
About seven out of 10 mother respondents expressed anxiety regarding the sufficiency of the food in the household and the money to buy food.
The food insecurity survey results are consistent with the results of the Social Weather Stations (SWS) hunger survey which showed an increase in the number of Filipinos who suffered from involuntary hunger. (NNC/PIA) [top]