Foodie Naija Update

FOODIE NAIJA UPDATE (NIGERIA’S FOOD SECURITY HAS IMPROVED)

The Economist Intelligence Unit
(EIU) has published its 2015
Global
Food Security Index which
includes 109 countries, rated by
the level
of food sector development.
The EIU defines food security as
the state in which people at all
times have physical, social and
economic access to sufficient
and
nutritious food that meets their
dietary needs for a healthy and
active life.
The 2015 Global Food Security
Index considers the core issues
ofaffordability,availability,
qualityandsafetyacross a set of
109
countries.
The organization explains that
the index is a dynamic
quantitative and
qualitative scoring model,
constructed from 28 unique
indicators, that
measures these drivers of food
security across both developing
and
developed countries.
Speaking about the rating, the
EIU notes that during the past
year,
food security has improved in
almost every region of the world.
The
109-country average score rose
1.2 points, with two-thirds of
countries making progress from
a year earlier.
Nigeria is ranked the 91st with
the average 37.1 index. However
in the
spheres of quality and safety and
availability Nigeria is ranked the
72nd and the 87th. The country
also has 3 important strengths:
nutritional standards, volatility of
agricultural production and
agricultural import tariffs.
It should be noted that for the
last 4 years Nigeria has improved
its
index by 3.2 points.
Among Sub-Saharan African
countries Nigeria is the 12th of
28. The
country is followed by Sudan,
Niger, Chad, Zambia and others.
The first place in the region is
taken by South Africa with 64.5
index.
The first place in the rating is
held by the US with 89.0 total
score.
The second and the third places
belong to Singapore and Ireland
with
88.2 and 85.4 indexes
respectively.
The top 10 countries in the
world are:
The experts of EIU
concluded:“Global food security
has made a rapid
improvement over the past year.
We see this in the increased
efficiency of food systems and
improvements in the nutritional
quality
of the food to which populations
have access.”

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