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momagri, movement for a world agricultural organization, is a think tank chaired by Christian Pèes.
It brings together, managers from the agricultural world and important people from external perspectives,
such as health, development, strategy and defense. Its objective is to promote regulation
of agricultural markets by creating new evaluation tools, such as economic models and indicators,
and by drawing up proposals for an agricultural and international food policy.
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40 percent of French people are experiencing qualitative food insecurity

 

07 June 2010



Following the publication of the alarming figures on hunger in the United States, a recent study presents a first rough estimate of food insecurity in France, both in terms of quantity (the number of persons who sometimes do not have enough to eat at home), or in terms of quality (the number of persons who have enough to eat but not always the preferred foods).

Published by the Institut National de Prévention et d’Education pour la Santé (INPES) in February 2010, the study is entitled “Baromètre Santé Nutrition”. It shows that in 2005, 2.5 percent of French people between the ages of 25 and 75 indicated that, either often or sometimes, they do not have enough to eat at home. Close to 40 percent indicated that they have enough to eat but not always the food they would like to eat.

While these figures are a lot less significant than the 15 percent of Americans experiencing quantitative food insecurity, they bring up two remarks:

    1. It is very possible that the estimate is undervalued because of the methodology used. Indeed, the findings of the “Baromètre Santé Nutrition 2008” on food insecurity are based on a random cross-section of 3,500 people between the ages of 25 and 75, who were sounded out by telephone. Such method automatically excludes the poorest people, who do not have fixed or mobile telephone lines.

    2. Still, the qualitative food insecurity that affects close to 40 percent of the French population remains a significant fact.
These recent findings, which fill a meaningful void since food insecurity had not been directly measured until now, are indeed another proof to the fact that food insecurity is not a concern for poor countries only. It is an issue that concerns all nations, and even if quantitative food insecurity in France seems relatively small, nothing gives us the guarantee that the ratio cannot increase. Thus the need to concretely include this outlook in an agricultural and food policy adapted to these new stakes.
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