What is food security?
Food security is when people have reliable access to sufficient, affordable, nutritious food to support a healthy life.
Lack of reliable access to fresh food compromises health and contributes to chronic disease. Reliable and secure food supply is taken for granted by most Australians. However, this is not the case for many people living in remote Australia. Long transport distances and seasonal climatic conditions create challenges and add costs to food supply. On occasions, food must be air-freighted into some isolated communities at huge additional expense. Food transport and storage are sometimes not optimal, so food quality at the point of purchase may be poor.
The Alliance seeks to raise awareness of food security issues to bring about further improvements in food supply and nutrition in rural and remote Australia.
Food security and health in rural and remote Australia