Pandemic, Conflict, and Extreme Weather Highlight the Need to Protect Global Food Systems
Economist Impact releases the findings of the 2022 Global Food Security Index (GFSI) supported by Corteva Agriscience
Developed by Economist Impact and supported by Corteva Agriscience, the Index presents an in-depth analysis into how the core pillars of affordability, availability, quality and safety, and sustainability and adaptation impact food security across the world. New this year is the inclusion of critical metrics that link agricultural efforts, such as access to agricultural inputs and investment in R&D, to food security.
The new metrics present a full picture of the food system, highlighting areas that have weakened over the years, including the quality and safety of food that fell by 4% between 2019 and 2022. The food system also remains very vulnerable to climate-related impacts, such as drought, flooding and lack of adequate water for agriculture.
While metrics in the Index show agricultural inputs have had some of the biggest relative improvement in GFSI scores in the past few years, the lowest scoring indicators overall remained in agriculture, including a lack of public expenditure on agricultural R&D, irrigation infrastructure, and the quality of soil organic content.
Building greater resilience within the food system is of the utmost importance, Economist Impact notes in the global report. GFSI indicators reveal that countries are faced with skyrocketing food prices and hunger on an unprecedented scale. We are at a critical crossroads. To avert significant risks in the global food system, long-term structural investments need to be made.
"Building long-term, systemic resilience should be a priority if the larger trend towards greater food insecurity worldwide is to be reversed" said
"Long-term food security depends on addressing some of the major challenges in the agriculture industry that affect farmers," said
The availability of food, and the environmental sustainability and adaptation that underpins it, highlights the vulnerability of the food system. Identifying the challenges, and subsequent solutions, of a complex and interconnected food system requires monitoring all sections of that system, including what happens on the farm.
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The Global Food Security Index (GFSI) is the preeminent source of intelligence on the drivers of global food security. Developed by Economist Impact and supported by Corteva Agriscience, it evaluates food security in 113 countries across four key pillars: food Affordability, availability, Quality and Safety, and Sustainability and Adaptation. The index is based on a dynamic benchmarking model constructed from 68 qualitative and quantitative drivers of food security. This report is a compilation of 11 years of research conducted by Economist Impact between 2012 and 2022.
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