USSOUTHCOM Interagency Meeting on Food Security (CSL Issue Paper, Volume 11-09, July 2009)
ARMY WAR COLL CARLISLE BARRACKS PA CENTER FOR STRATEGIC LEADERSHIP
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The 1994 United Nations Development Programs Human Development Report surfaced the concept of human security, which suggests that global and regional stability increasingly turns on the welfare of the individual. Regional security is best achieved by providing freedom from want and freedom from fear for the people, for which food security is an essential component. The most common definition of food security is one established by the UNFAO Food security exists when all people, at all times, have physical, social, and economic access to sufficient, safe, and nutritious food to meet their dietary needs and food preferences for an active and healthy life. This is a tall order, but one that speaks to the enhanced importance of human security and its importance to governmental legitimacy and stability. Under USSOUTHCOMs current strategy, the U.S. military seeks to build partnerships with other U.S. Government USG agencies also operating in the region. This includes establishing public-private partnerships to tackle the issues affecting national and regional security issues such as food security. The issues of food availability, food access and utilization, the situation of the agricultural sector, impacts of climate change, energy consumption, and increased oil prices represent daunting challenges facing the Latin American and Caribbean LAC regions.
- Food, Food Service and Nutrition
- Civil Defense