Global Food Security Index Shows Decrease for Second Year

The Economist Intelligence Unit released the ninth annual Global Food Security Index (GFSI) sponsored by Corteva, which 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. The GFSI considers food security in the context of income and economic inequality, gender inequality, and environmental and natural resources inequality—calling attention to systemic gaps and most recently how COVID-19 exacerbates their impact on food systems. Based on these findings, global food security has decreased for the second year in a row. This year, the GFSI formally includes “Natural Resources and Resilience” as a fourth main category. This addition marks a significant shift in methodology, revealing food systems’ resiliency against climate change. The United States moves to 11th place, although North America leads the world in food security.