India ranks 71st out of 113 nations on Global Food Security Index

admin November 10, 2021
Updated 2021/11/10 at 1:31 PM

According to a report, India is placed 71st out of 113 nations in the Global Food Security (GFS) Index 2021, although it trails below its neighbours Pakistan and Sri Lanka in terms of food affordability.

In the area of food affordability, Pakistan (52.6 points) outperformed India (50.2 points). Sri Lanka performed even better, scoring 62.9 points in this area on the GFS Index 2021, according to a worldwide assessment issued on Tuesday by Economist Impact and Corteva Agriscience.

Ireland, Australia, the United Kingdom, Finland, Switzerland, the Netherlands, Canada, Japan, France, and the United States all tied for first place, with GFS scores ranging from 77.8 and 80 on the index.

Economist Impact of London devised and built the GFS Index, which is funded by Corteva Agriscience.

The GFS Index takes into account pricing, availability, quality, and safety, as well as natural resources and resilience, to assess the fundamental determinants of food security in 113 nations. It takes into account 58 distinct food security indicators, such as income and economic inequality, to highlight structural gaps and steps required to accelerate progress toward the United Nations Sustainable Development Goal of Zero Hunger by 2030.

According to the research, India ranked 71st out of 113 nations on the GFS Index 2021, with an overall score of 57.2 points, outperforming Pakistan (75th), Sri Lanka (77th), Nepal (79th), and Bangladesh (80th) (84th position). However, the nation lags far behind China (34th position).

Pakistan (with 52.6 points) outperformed India in terms of food affordability (50.2 points). Sri Lanka fared higher on the GFS Index 2021, scoring 62.9 points.

On the GFS Index 2021, India outperformed Pakistan, Nepal, Bangladesh, and Sri Lanka in terms of food availability, quality, and safety, as well as protecting natural resources for food production, according to the research.

However, India has lagged behind Pakistan, Nepal, and Bangladesh in terms of total food security achievements during the last ten years.

When compared to Pakistan, which improved by 9 points (to 54.7 in 2021 from 45.7 in 2012), Nepal by 7 points (to 53.7 in 2021 from 46.7 in 2012), and Bangladesh by 4.7 points, India’s score rose only by 2.7 points to 57.2 in 2021 from 54.5 in 2012. (to 49.1 in 2021 from 44.4 points in 2012).

According to the research, China’s score climbed by 9.6 points from 61.7 in 2012 to 71.3 in 2021.

“The GFSI goes beyond hunger to pinpoint the root causes of food insecurity throughout the globe,” said Tim Glenn, Corteva Agriscience’s Executive Vice-President and Chief Commercial Officer.

After seven years of progress toward the Sustainable Development Goal of reaching zero hunger by 2030, the GFS Index 2021 revealed that global food security has dropped for the second year in a row.

“The index demonstrates that, although nations have made great progress toward tackling food poverty in the last ten years, food systems remain susceptible to economic, climatic, and geopolitical shocks,” says Pratima Singh, Head of the Global Food Security Index at Economist Impact. To overcome hunger and malnutrition and achieve food security for everyone, action is required at all levels–local, national, and global.”

The Index reveals that to tackle these current and anticipated future problems, investments in food security must be maintained – from climate-resilient agricultural yields to investing in programmes to support the most disadvantaged, according to Economist Impact’s worldwide report.


Source: The Indian Express

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