Our Challenge

The challenges for the world’s food systems are daunting. Almost a billion people suffer from chronic hunger. In the next 25 years, countries that now have the greatest concentration of hungry people are expected to have 2 billion more mouths to feed. Agriculture faces additional demands for food and fuel even as the planet’s natural resource base for production is under threat.

To answer this threat, the University of Illinois College of Agricultural, Consumer and Environmental Sciences (ACES) is establishing International Food Security at Illinois (IFSI). This interdisciplinary initiative will help secure abundant food for all through food systems research, innovation, and outreach. By applying ACES’ expertise to food security, IFSI can enable food systems in the United States and worldwide to better serve the world’s food-insecure people.

 

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Food security requires simultaneous realization of:

  • Physical availability of food in countries and regions;
  • Economic, social and physical access to food in households;
  • Consumption and biological utilization of food by individuals; and
  • Stability of of availability, access and utilization over time.

Adapted from FAO, Introduction to the basic concepts of food security