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Indicator 2.1.2 Prevalence of moderate or severe food insecurity in the population, based on the Food Insecurity Experience Scale (FIES)

Estimated prevalence of low and very low food security in the population of England, Wales and Northern Ireland aged 16 and over

There is a strong and growing user need for better statistics on food insecurity in the UK. The Department for Work and Pensions now include a suite of food insecurity questions developed by the US Department of Agriculture (USDA) on the Family Resources Survey (FRS), with first results expected in 2021. In the meantime, data presented here come from the Food and You Survey run by the Food Standards Agency which includes questions from the USDA food insecurity suite, with data available for England, Wales and Northern Ireland.

In 2018, 10% of respondents to the Food and You Survey reported living in a household with low or very low food security. These proportions are at similar levels to Wave 4 (2016).

Fieldwork for Wave 4 of the Food and You Survey was conducted between 27 May and 30 September 2016. Fieldwork for Wave 5 was conducted between 18 June and 31 December 2018.

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Source: Food Standards Agency

Geographical Area: England, Wales and Northern Ireland

Unit of Measurement: Percentage (%)

Footnote: Please note that figures representing unemployed females in 2018 were calculated based on responses from a sample size smaller than 50 so are potentially unreliable.

This table provides metadata for the actual indicator available from UK statistics closest to the corresponding global SDG indicator. Please note that even when the global SDG indicator is fully available from UK statistics, this table should be consulted for information on national methodology and other UK-specific metadata information.

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Estimated prevalence of low and very low food security in the population of England, Wales and Northern Ireland aged 16 and over

Indicator description

The proportion of the population of England, Wales and Northern Ireland that are classified and having low or very low food security based on the USDA measure and suite of 10 questions

Geographical coverage

England, Wales and Northern Ireland

Unit of measurement

Percentage (%)

Definitions

Low food security - Reports of reduced quality, variety, or desirability of diet. Little or no indication of reduced food intake. Very low food security - Reports of multiple indications of disrupted eating patterns and reduced food intake.

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This indicator is being used as an approximation of the UN SDG Indicator. Where possible, we will work to identify or develop UK data to meet the global indicator specification. This indicator has been identified in collaboration with topic experts.

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This table provides information on metadata for SDG indicators as defined by the UN Statistical Commission. Complete global metadata is provided by the UN Statistics Division.

Indicator name

Prevalence of moderate or severe food insecurity in the population, based on the Food Insecurity Experience Scale (FIES)

Target name

By 2030, end hunger and ensure access by all people, in particular the poor and people in vulnerable situations, including infants, to safe, nutritious and sufficient food all year round

Global indicator description
UN designated tier

2.0

UN custodian agency

Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO)

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Organisation

Food Standards Agency

Periodicity

Biennial

Earliest available data

2016

Geographical coverage

England, Wales and Northern Ireland

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Release date

25/03/2019

Next release

TBC

Statistical classification

Official statistic

Contact details

foodandyou@food.gov.uk

Other information

Data for 2016 is from the wave 4 survey and data for 2018 is from the wave 5 survey.