2015 Index: MENA Region Made Largest Strides in Food Security

GFSI2015_MENA_01Results of the recently released 2015 Global Food Security Index (GFSI) reveal that food security improved in two-thirds of the 109 countries covered, with the average score rising 1.2 points.

The Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region made significant improvements in food security between 2014 and 2015, increasing 2.4 points in its overall score due to gains in Affordability. According to the GFSI findings, this can be attributed to a combination of lower household spending on food and higher GDP per capita in 83 percent of countries. The region also marked developments in Availability and Quality & Safety because of lower levels of food loss and increased access to high-quality protein, gaining more than 12 points in Food Loss Score, 16.7 points in Nutritional Standards, and 4.9 points in GDP.

The United Arab Emirates (UAE) has been the key driver for the MENA region’s improvement in the 2015 GFSI. The country rose 53.0 points from 2012 to 2015 to reach a current score of 75.6, while its GDP increased 7.5 points, the third highest in the region, ensuring higher levels of food security for its population. The UAE is also one of the five MENA countries to witness a positive change in its score in Nutritional Standards.

“Government efforts and elaborate food safety programs have resulted in rapid progress in global food security over the past years which have also contributed to the increased efficiency of food systems and improvements in the nutritional quality of food,” Amin Khayyal, General Manager, DuPont United Arab Emirates.

Lucy Hurst, Project Director for The Economist Intelligence Unit said, “According to the 2015 Global Food Security Index, middle-income countries are undergoing transformational changes while upper-middle-income countries have made huge strides in ensuring that food safety-net programs are comprehensive. The gains made by the MENA region in the overall score reflect positive strides in Affordability, Availability, and Quality & Safety indices. The increase in individual scores of the countries in this region will contribute in overcoming the challenge of global food security.”

For more information on the interactive Global Food Security Index, including definitions of the 28 global indicators, impact of changing food prices, multi-country comparisons and more, visit: http://foodsecurityindex.eiu.com/.

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