Identifying Factors Contributing to Food Insecurity

Food Insecurity drives need for Innovation

Food insecurity is an alarming and wide-reaching issue in Indiana and comprises of the limited access to healthful foods that are safe and nutritionally balanced, or the lack of means to purchase and obtain food in a suitable way. According to the USDA (United States Department Of Agriculture), 13.5 million households across America, equaling 10.2%, had to struggle with obtaining enough food for themselves and loved ones due to lack of resources. In Indiana, the average household food insecurity rate during 2019-21 was 9.7%, which is 3.8% lower than the three year period before it (2016-18) at 13.5%.

In this White Paper, developed by the Department of Agricultural Economics Purdue University in partnership with AgriNovus Indiana and DIAL Ventures, the topic of tackling and solving food insecurity with private sector innovations is discussed.

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