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Food distribution is a vital factor in public nutrition. Where it breaks down, famine, malnutrition or illness can occur. Nutrition is interpreted as the study of the organic process by which an organism assimilates and uses food and liquids for normal functioning, growth and maintenance and to maintain the balance between health and disease. ... A famine is an phenomenon in which a large percentage of the population of a region or country are undernourished and death by starvation becomes increasingly common. ...

There are three main components of food distribution:

  • Transport infrastructure, including roads, vehicles, railway tracks, airports, ports, etc.
  • Food handling technology and regulation, including refrigeration, storage, warehousing etc.
  • Adequate production and supply logistics, based on demand and need.

  Results from FactBites:
Food Supply - FWFP - English Site (348 words)
There is enough food in the world to feed every man, woman, and child on earth.
Fifty-four countries do not produce enough food to feed their populations and can’t afford to import the commodities needed to fill the gap.
In 2004, two-thirds of the food WFP purchased was bought in developing countries or countries in transition.
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