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Sustainable economic development—Improving food security
This document provides an overview of Australia's efforts to improve food security around the world.
Improving food security by investing in agricultural productivity, infrastructure, social protection and the opening of markets is one of the ten development objectives for the aid program. Food security underpins all other development, as without it food insecure populations prioritise food and sustaining their own lives and those of their families over everything else. Australia’s approach to food security is centred on increasing the availability of food through production and improving trade, while also increasing the poor’s ability to access food.
Australia has prioritised three pillars to improve outcomes in food security:
- Lifting agricultural productivity through agricultural research and development
- Improving rural livelihoods by strengthening markets and market access
- Building community resilience by supporting the establishment and improvement of social protection programs.
These three pillars aim to increase the food available in markets and poor households and increase the incomes and employment opportunities of poor men and women. Food security expenditure is expected to grow strongly over the next few years, particularly in Africa, the Middle East, South Asia, and Indonesia. Results in achieving better food security outcomes include reducing the number of people living on less than USD 1.25 a day, reducing the number of people suffering from hunger and achieving opportunities for full and productive employment.
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Last reviewed: 1 November, 2011