Today, Economist Impact released the 10th annual Global Food Security Index (GFSI), which revealed a decline in global food security for the second consecutive year. The GFSI aims to serve as a resource to enable a more resilient and secure food system. Now, with a decade of data, the global report highlights critical lessons learned about food security and what it means for the future of the worldwide fight to end hunger.
The GFSI measures the underlying drivers of food security in 113 countries, based on the factors of affordability, availability, quality and safety, and natural resources and resilience. It considers 58 unique food security indicators including income and economic inequality, gender inequality, and environmental and natural resources inequality, calling attention to systemic gaps and actions needed to accelerate progress toward United Nations Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) #2 - Zero Hunger by 2030.
“The GFSI looks beyond hunger to identify the underlying factors affecting food insecurity around the world,” said Tim Glenn, Executive Vice President and Chief Commercial Officer of Corteva Agriscience, the sponsor of the GFSI. “Corteva is addressing many of the challenges raised in the report head-on by delivering solutions farmers need to sustainably meet their productivity goals and by working together with collaborators across the globe to strengthen the integrity of food systems.”
Food systems remain vulnerable
"Over the past decade, the GFSI has provided stakeholders across the food system with data-driven insights and evidence necessary for formulating the policies and programs that drive progress on food security worldwide,” said Pratima Singh, Head of the Global Food Security Index at Economist Impact. “The index shows that, while countries have made significant strides toward addressing food insecurity in the past ten years, food systems remain vulnerable to economic, climatic, and geopolitical shocks. Action is imperative at all levels - local, national, and global - to end hunger and malnourishment and ensure food security for all."
Read the complete report here.