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.
Estimated prevalence of low and very low food security in the population of England, Wales and Northern Ireland aged 16 and over
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
England, Wales and Northern Ireland
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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.
Data presented here come from the Food and You Survey run by the Food Standards Agency. This includes a suite of food insecurity questions developed by the US Department of Agriculture (USDA). Data is available for England, Wales and Northern Ireland.
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.
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.
|Data last updated||23 July 2021|
|Metadata last updated||23 July 2021|