Food access and nutrition policy /programme linkages in mainland Tanzania
Kavishe, Festo P.
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Food access is an important component of food security. Food security has little meaning unless food is available, accessible, consumed and meets the basic nutritional needs of the individual and community. Nutritional security is a logical component of food security. Food and nutrition security implies availability of food, access and consumption by the individual. Adequate individual consumption requires that the total food available and accessible to the family consistently cover basic requirements and be equitably distributed within the family according to individual needs. Food and nutrition security means access by all people, at all times to enough food for an active healthy life (World Bank, 1986). This paper discusses the question of food access and nutrition policy/programme linkages in mainland Tanzania. It assesses the nature and magnitude of the problem the linkages between nutrition and food security, the knowledge gaps that exist and how to fill such gaps.