“The hunger report”: Singapore’s first nationally representative food insecurity study

Green serving tray on a selection of canned beverages

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While reports of food insecurity have previously featured in the media, Singapore’s first nationally representative food insecurity study documented that about 10 per cent of Singaporean households experienced food insecurity at least once in the last 12 months, and that only 22 per cent of these food-insecure households were receiving food support from an organisation. Published by the Lien Centre for Social Innovation and supported by The Food Bank Singapore, “The hunger report: An in-depth look at food insecurity in Singapore” also reports causes and consequences of food insecurity and offers recommendations.

With members of the report team, Dr. Tania Nagpaul, Dr. Dalvin Sidhu, and Ms. Chen Jinwen, we further explore how they defined and operationalised food insecurity and understand the headline figures in greater detail.

Previously, the Lien Centre for Social Innovation published a related study in 2019, titled “Hunger in a food lover’s paradise: Understanding food insecurity in Singapore“. The study was based on interviews with food support organisations and a survey with 236 respondents.

My conversation with Dr. Nagpaul, Dr. Sidhu, and Ms. Chen is part of our 2021 focus on researchers in Singapore (https://socialservice.sg/podcast/). The feature photo is by Ng Shi Wen.

Click here to listen to the episode.

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