Food security and livelihoods
Food Security has a direct impact on the nutritional and health status of people. It exists when "all people at all times have access to sufficient, safe, nutritious food to maintain a healthy and active life." Often reduced to the issue of the availability of food, Food Security has four interrelated pillars: (1) food availability concerns production, markets and other issues that determine whether food is physically present in a given context; (2) food access concerns the factors which determine whether or not people can obtain sufficient food; (3) food utilization depends upon factors that determine how people store and use food, feeding practices and health status (e.g., elderly, lactating women); and (4) food stability, which is the ability of people to rely on food's availability and access. Food Security is often closely linked to Nutrition.