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Number of moderately or severely food insecure people

3-year average – FAO
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Item: Number of moderately or severely food insecure people (million) (3-year average) Description: Estimated number of people living in households classified as moderately or severely food insecure. It is calculated by multiplying the estimated percentage of people affected by moderate or severe food insecurity by the total population.

Metric: Value

Source
Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (2023) – with major processing by Our World in Data
Last updated
March 14, 2024
Next expected update
March 2025
Date range
2015–2021
Unit
millions

Sources and processing

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The Suite of Food Security Indicators presents the core set of food security indicators.

Following the recommendation of experts gathered in the Committee on World Food Security (CFS) Round Table on hunger measurement, hosted at FAO headquarters in September 2011, an initial set of indicators aiming to capture various aspects of food insecurity is presented here. The choice of the indicators has been informed by expert judgment and the availability of data with sufficient coverage to enable comparisons across regions and over time.

Many of these indicators are produced and published elsewhere by FAO and other international organizations. They are reported here in a single database with the aim of building a wide food security information system. More indicators will be added to this set as more data will become available.

Indicators are classified along the four dimensions of food security -- availability, access, utilization and stability.

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March 14, 2024
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