The United Nations reports we are living in a world that produces enough food for everyone on this planet, yet food security remains one of the world’s biggest unsolved issues. This global challenge is complex and will require the commitment, collaboration and intelligence from many different stakeholders. Now, more than ever, it has become abundantly clear how interconnected and vulnerable the world’s food system is. We need a way to measure the link between food economics and food security.
On May 18, at the Chicago Council’s Annual Symposium on Global Agriculture and Food Security in Washington, D.C., DuPont CEO Ellen Kullman announced sponsorship of an innovative Global Food Security Index being developed by the Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU). This unique tool will help us evaluate the many facets of food security and pinpoint specific vulnerabilities around the world. The index will look at metrics related to the affordability, accessibility, availability, nutritional value and safety of food in 105 countries.
To put an end to hunger, it’s clear we must all work together. The EIU’s comprehensive and dynamic index is a resource that will provide a common language for academic, private and public sector entities to make informed decisions about food security. I look forward to sharing more information about the Food Security Index when it launches on July 10.
– Jim Borel, Executive Vice President, DuPont