Measuring Food Security

The Global Food Security Index provides a unique perspective on which countries are most and least vulnerable to food insecurity and how natural resource risks increase vulnerability.


The Index is free and available for download. Learn more and access all the data from it on the EIU’s webpage.

View DuPont leader perspectives about the 2017 Index refresh and the addition of the natural resources & resilience category.

The Global Food Security Index, developed by The Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU) with exclusive sponsorship from DuPont, is a dynamic and universal benchmarking tool that deepens the dialogue on food security by examining the core issues of food affordability, availability & quality and safety, and natural resources & resilience in 113 countries.

There are a number of factors that make this Index unique. Most notably:

  • The data is kept current by adjusting for food commodity price fluctuations to recalibrate the risk countries face throughout the year.
  • The Index contains a number of unique quality indicators, many related to government policies in order to capture the drivers of food security not currently measured in any other international database.
  • Updated yearly, the Index is a tool for organizations to use to prioritize where they make investments in sustainable agriculture and food systems.
  • The natural resources & resilience category recognizes the growing emphasis on resource conservation, climate change adaption and sustainable agriculture practices.

Resource Library

The EIU uses the Index to provide a range of insights into the state of food security around the globe as well as in-depth reports on specific issues ranging from the effects of obesity to the relationship between food loss and food security.