NASPAA knows that you are a Public Administration or Public Policy student and are probably reading so many other papers already so do not worry, we will try and make this as simple and enjoyable as possible! Remember that it was not required for you to have any background information on food security for the simulation, but in case you are feeling the need to go through some relevant information before the competition here are some resources you might find helpful.


Let’s start with an introductory video because… who does not like those to start off?

This video “Introduction to Food Security” defines food security, presents challenges for the population globally, and gives some country examples on how to tackle food insecurity.

Still confused on what’s the problem? USAID has a video on instability and how to tackle food security. Watch here

Want more? Go ahead and start clicking suggested videos on Food Secuirty.


Another way of getting exposed to the topic without feeling overwhelmed by readings is through podcasts. The Food Factor Podcast addresses the latest topics in hunger and development with aid experts at the World Food Programme (WFP). The podcast has various episodes on innovative ways to tackle food insecurity which you can listen to here:

Here are some we find interesting:

Before going into relevant papers, here are some infographics FAO has published to give you a numerical sense of the issue.

Oxfam also has great information to go through here. It includes fact sheets (2013) and ways to feed the planet.

More facts on SDG #2 from FAO? One click away!


Now that you got so interested in Food Security and want to havbooke more insights on measurements, you can read Chapter 26 of the book titled “The Social Science of Poverty” written by Christopher B. Barrett and Erin C. Lentz gives you a good starting point on the concept of Food Security. Note that only students can access this chapter, so please request access and we will give it as soon as possible. The authors refer to the most commonly used definition for Food Security -agreed on at the 1996 World Food Summit- as “a situation that exists when all people, at all times, have physical, social, and economic access to sufficient, safe, and nutritious food that meets their dietary needs and food preferences for an active and healthy life”.  Read further and you will know the proxy measures –food expenditures, hunger, and undernutrition, among others – used to measure food security and a bit on their flaws. The next sections include history, causes, and interventions, on food security.

Other papers that you might find helpful: