003 - Food Insecurity

Syllabus Point

Examine (AO3) the environmental, demographic, political, social and economic factors that have caused areas of food deficiency and food insecurity.

Key Terminology

Define the words above using the Command Term posters in the classroom, your 'Geography Course Companion' by Cooke and Nagle and the links provided.

Activity One - Watch

  • Watch the video below and make notes on what food security actually means.
  • Is food insecurity just an issue for the poor in LEDCS? How much do we really know? Click on the link below and take the test.

The Guardian - How much do we really know about the world's food security challenges?

Activity Two - Comprehension

Taken From: The Guardian
  1. Using the map above describe the distribution of areas which are food insecure?
  2. Mind map the causes of this distribution. We will discuss this as a group as well.
  3. Copy the table below and using the different columns write a list of the different factors which impact the level of food deficiency and food security.
  • The links below, the clip you have just watched and pages 262-263 in the 'Geography Course Companion' by Nagle and Cooke will help you to do this fully.

Useful Links

Activity Three - Famine

Raising Awareness through popular media is often the first time the wider general public hear about famine. As you watch the clips below write down how the message of hunger is being spread. What impact does this have?

Example - Ethiopia 2008-2009

Activity Four - Case Study

  1. Develop a guide that examines the causes of famine within one country. Remember to go back to the syllabus point and include the environmental, demographic, social, political and economic causes.
  • You could use the generic table in activity two to help you.


Exam Style Question

Examine the variety of causes responsible for a recent famine. 10 marks


  • Data
  • Clear evaluation of the causes
  • Use the essay grid to plan the essay