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Food Security And Food Security Index

Food Security And Food Security Index

The Global Food Security Index (GFSI) considers the core issues of affordability, availability, quality and safety across a set of 109 countries. The index is a dynamic quantitative and qualitative benchmarking model, constructed from 28 unique indicators, that measures these drivers of food security across both developing and developed countries. Food security is defined as the state in which people at all times have physical, social, and economic access to sufficient and nutritious food that meets their dietary needs for a healthy and active life, based on the definition established at the 1996 World Food Summit. The overall goal of the study is to assess countries that are most and least vulnerable to food insecurity through exploring the categories of food Affordability, Availability, and Quality and Safety. The index was constructed by the Economist Intelligence Unit and sponsored by DuPont, USA.

All scores are normalised on a scale of 0-100 where 100=most favourable. Category scores are calculated from the weighted mean of the underlying indicator scores. The overall score is a weighted mean of the category scores.

Global overview

Global RankingCountryOverall ScoreAffordabilityAvailabilityQuality & Safety
1stUnited States89.092.187.086.4
2ndSingapore88.2100.078.984.6
3rdIreland85.487.883.186.0
4thAustria85.187.284.182.5
5thNetherlands85.087.082.886.0
6thSwitzerland84.487.782.980.1
7thCanada84.286.682.084.0
8thGermany83.986.582.681.0
=9thAustralia83.888.978.486.1
=9thFrance83.884.281.788.5
=9thNorway83.886.681.084.9
=68thIndia50.947.456.145.3
109thBurundi25.119.425.638.1

“=” before the rank indicates a tie in rank with another geography.

Overview For India

 Score/100
2012201320142015
OVERALL SCORE46.846.348.650.9
Affordability38.338.344.744.7
Availability55.454.253.956.1
Quality And Safety44.844.544.045.3

India Compared With United States

 IndiaUnited States
Rank/109Score/100YoYRank/109Score/100YoY
OVERALL SCORE=6850.9+2.3189.0-0.9
Affordability7247.4+2.7292.1-2.7
Availability5856.1+2.2187.0-0.1
Quality And Safety7945.3+1.3386.4+0.7