Summary of Global Food Security Index 2017

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This noteworthy study from the Economist Intelligence Unit assesses the current state of food security around the world, which is coming under pressure as climate change, forced migrations and other threats loom. While some countries are making headway in the battle against hunger, others – including some among the developed nations – are losing ground on this front. getAbstract recommends this important report to entities in the public and private sectors charged with improving food security, and to anyone concerned with ending hunger locally and globally.

In this summary, you will learn

  • What an analysis of global food security reveals;
  • Which countries are improving their levels of food security, and which are falling behind; and
  • How climate change affects access to food and resource management.

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The Economist Intelligence Unit’s Global Food Security Index (GFSI) measures food security in 113 countries based on nutrition’s “affordability, availability, quality and safety.” While worldwide food security has increased overall since 2007, variable economic growth, rising income inequality and climate change threaten to reverse the progress. After four years of improvement, the global GFSI declined, with more than 60% of countries showing a drop in food security from 2016 to 2017. Forced migrations – a problem that snowballs when migrants who fail to find enough food in one area move to another – contributed to the trend, as cash-strapped nations struggled to accommodate the influx of people.

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