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Food Security

View information, programs, and research about food security, which USDA's Economic Research Service defines as access by all people at all times to enough food for an active, healthy life.

Food security includes at a minimum:

  • The ready availability of nutritionally adequate and safe foods.
  • Assured ability to acquire acceptable foods in socially acceptable ways (that is, without resorting to emergency food supplies, scavenging, stealing, or other coping strategies).

USDA Food Security

Discover how USDA supports global food security through in-country capacity building, basic and applied research, and support for improved market information, statistics and analysis.

Food Security in the U.S.

ERS chart of U.S. households with children by food security status, 2020.

View data, reports, videos, and interactive charts about food security and food insecurity from the Economic Research Service (ERS).

Local Food Directories

Locate farmers markets, on-farm markets, Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) networks, and food hubs in your local area using the Agricultural Marketing Service's (AMS) Local Food Directories.

Food Systems Resilience: Concepts & Policy Approaches

Presents advocates and policymakers with a suite of policy tools for strengthening food system resilience. 

National Gleaning Project

Access information on laws and regulations pertaining to gleaning, food recovery, and food donation.  Identify relevant research and resources.  View an interactive map of gleaning and food recovery organizations.

Healthy Food Policy Project

View key issues, identify laws, access webinars and tools, and find relevant resources on healthy food policies.

Data and Research

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Access to Research Articles

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Databases and Systems


Food Availability (Per Capita) Data System

Find food availability data, loss-adjusted food availability data, and nutrient availability data for over 200 commodities.

Food Security Portal

View 40+ indicators related to food security, commodity prices, economics, and human well-being for every country in the world, covering over 50 years.

Food Security Analysis Assessment Bank

Search a database of food security analysis publications.

Famine Early Warning System

Find resources including the FEWS NET Data Center indicating Livelihood Zones and Food Insecurity Classification Data, Livelihood Zones, and Price and Cross Border Trade.

Famine Foods Database

Explore this searchable database of food sources that are not usually considered crops but may be consumed during famines.

Search the NAL Collection

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Policy and Implementation

Food Systems Resilience: Concepts & Policy Approaches

This report provides basic information on resilience thinking and policy tools for strengthening the resilience of food systems to extreme weather events.

Healthy Food Policy Project

View a policy database, case studies, webinars, and additional resources to support the development of sustainable and equitable local food systems.

Farmers Market Legal Toolkit

Obtain legal resources, best practices, and case studies for building resilient and accessible farmers markets in local communities.

State Farm to School Policy Handbook

This tool provides case studies, analysis of legislative trends, summaries of proposed bills, and other policy resources for advancing the farm to school movement.

Growing Food Connections

Find resources, including a collection of publications, to support the creation and implementation of plans and policies that enable the growth of economically, environmentally, and socially sustainable community food systems.

Nutrition Security

View NAL's collection of resources about nutrition security, which is the consistent access, availability, and affordability of foods and beverages that promote well-being and prevent disease.

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