On Sept. 26th 2012, the Economist Intelligence Unit’s Global Food Security Index was launched in India. Jim Borel, Executive Vice President at DuPont, Rajeev Vaidya, President of South Asia, DuPont and Pratibha Thaker, Regional Director of the Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU), led the launch discussions in New Delhi with 150 people from government, public policy think tanks, food and agriculture industry, academia and media. The featured guest panel member was Professor Abhijit Sen, member of the Planning Commission, Government of India, who discussed the latest findings from the Index and provided additional insights about regional issues.
The EIU Global Food Security Index, commissioned by DuPont, is the first-of-its–kind, dynamic scoring tool which examines food security comprehensively across three internationally established dimensions of food security: availability, affordability and quality/safety. During the launch event, Rajeev Vaidya stated that the index was created to promote “a common language for the public discourse on food security as well as [to] generate local insights and collaboration across the food value chain.”
The GFSI ranks India in the “moderate” category of 66th among 105 countries, citing its high political stability as the primary driver of its first place rank in food availability within South Asia. While the country is a regional leader in food affordability, the EIU’s analysis indicates that the nation’s lack of a diverse diet and low protein quality constrain India’s score in food quality and safety. With India expected to be the most populous country in the world by 2025, ensuring that enough healthy, nutritious food is available for people everywhere is one of the most critical challenges that the country faces. DuPont Executive Vice President Jim Borel summed up the event stating, “solutions must be local… It will take all of us working collaboratively to ensure that every person has enough nutritious food to eat.”