Definition: The state of having consistent access to nutritious food that meets an individual's dietary needs.
"Food security exists when all people, at all times, have physical and economic access to sufficient, safe and nutritious food that meets their dietary needs and food preferences for an active and healthy life." - 1996 World Food Summit
Agroforestry and food security go hand-in-hand. Hunger, poverty and deforestation are inextricably connected, but agroforestry is a solution to all of these challenges.
Can we end hunger with agroforestry?When farmers implement the Forest Garden Approach, their families have a diverse array of foods growing year-round. The improved quantity and quality of foods available lead to ending hunger and improving the nutritional status of families in a sustainable way.
Agroforestry improves farmers' quality of life. In addition to increasing foodsecurity and nutrition, agroforestry promotes access to clean water, healthy livestock, and organic food intake for the entire family. The increased economic status of Forest Garden farmers also improves a family’s access to health care.