As the title to this post notes, “We Need to Improve Global Food Security.” Which varies greatly by region of the world. And by country.
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A Regional Look: We Need to Improve Global Food Security
Describing the Global Food Security Index
The GFSI was designed and constructed by the Economist Intelligence Unit. And annually sponsored by Corteva Agriscience.™ It considers the issues of food affordability, availability, quality and safety, and natural resources and resilience. Across a set of 113 countries. The index provides a dynamic quantitative and qualitative benchmarking model. Constructed from 59 unique indicators that measure drivers of food security for both developing and developed countries.
The Global State of Food Security
According to Niall McCarthy, writing for Statista:
The chaos of last spring largely subsided as countries dealt with multiple waves of Covid-19. Nonetheless, food security remains a major problem worldwide. Because, the GFSI found that food security is still deteriorating around the world. Due to climate change. As well as intensive farming. With the pandemic exacerbating those problems.
The index named Finland, Ireland and the Netherlands as the countries with the highest levels of food security. While Zambia, Sudan, and Yemen had the lowest.
The Best Countries for Food Security
Again, we turn to Niall McCarthy:
Covid-19 exacerbated existing problems. Indeed, making life even more difficult for farmers. For 2020, the GFSI named Finland the top country for food security. Ahead of Ireland and the Netherlands. Despite problems caused by Brexit, the United Kingdom was ranked 6th. While the United States and Canada ranked 11th and 12th, respectively.
Once more, the U.S. lagged behind.