The Most and Least Food Secure Nations in the World

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Food is the most essential component that sustains all forms of life. Though some nations have an abundance of food, others face a severe shortage. Citizens of the nations which are food secure always have social, economic as well as physical access to food, which is both sufficient and nutritious. This enables them to lead a healthy lifestyle.

The Economist Intelligence Unit regularly releases the Global Food Security Index which assesses food security among the majority of the nations around the world. The index, takes into account the issues of availability, affordability as well as quality and safety among the nations. The countries which scored between 0 to 100. The score  100 is the most favorable.

According to the 2016 Global Food Security Index, the United States is the most food secure country in the world. The nation had a score of 86.6. Coming at the second spot was Ireland with a score of 84.3, while Singapore was ranked third and had a score of 83.9. The other nations which were food secure and had scores of 80 and above were Australia, the United Kingdom, New Zealand, Sweden, Denmark, France, Germany, and a few others.

Countries which scored between 70 and 80 on the 2016 Global Food Security Index were Finland, Israel, Japan, Chile, Oman, Kuwait, Spain, Greece, and other nations. Nations that stood midway and had scores between 50 and 60 were Thailand, Azerbaijan, Egypt, Vietnam, Morocco, Sri Lanka, Indonesia, among others.

Countries that were the least food secure and had scores of less than 40 were Cambodia, Nigeria, Bangladesh, Syria, Ethiopia, Sudan, Yemen, Mozambique etc. Meanwhile, the African nation of Burundi was the least food secure of all the countries that were mentioned on the list. The nation stood right at the bottom of the list and had a score of just 24.

The table below provides information on how nations score of the 2016 Global Food Security Index.

Country SCORE
United States 86.6
Ireland 84.3
Singapore 83.9
Australia 82.6
Netherlands 82.6
France 82.5
Germany 82.5
Canada 81.9
United Kingdom 81.9
Sweden 81.3
New Zealand 81.1
Norway 81
Switzerland 80.9
Denmark 80
Portugal 80
Austria 79.3
Finland 78.9
Israel 78.9
Spain 77.7
Qatar 77.5
Belgium 77.4
Italy 75.9
Japan 75.9
Chile 74.4
Czech Republic 73.9
Oman 73.6
Kuwait 73.5
South Korea 73.3
Poland 72.4
United Arab Emirates 71.8
Greece 71.5
Saudi Arabia 71.1
Bahrain 70.1
Hungary 69.3
Malaysia 69
Uruguay 68.4
Argentina 68.3
Costa Rica 68.3
Mexico 68.1
Slovakia 67.7
Brazil 67.6
China 65.5
Romania 65.5
Panama 64.4
Turkey 63.6
Belarus 63.1
South Africa 62.9
Russia 62.3
Colombia 61
Bulgaria 60.6
Thailand 59.5
Serbia 59.4
Tunisia 57.9
Botswana 57.8
Peru 57.7
Ecuador 57.5
Azerbaijan 57.1
Egypt 57.1
Vietnam 57.1
Jordan 56.9
Venezuela 56.9
Morocco 55.5
Ukraine 55.2
Dominican Republic 55.1
Sri Lanka 54.8
Algeria 54.3
Paraguay 54.2
Kazakhstan 53.7
El Salvador 53.3
Bolivia 51.6
Indonesia 50.6
Uzbekistan 49.8
Guatemala 49.6
Philippines 49.5
India 49.4
Nicaragua 49.4
Honduras 48.2
Ghana 47.8
Pakistan 47.8
Myanmar 46.5
Uganda 44.2
Nepal 42.9
Kenya 42.7
Cote d’Ivoire 42.3
Cameroon 41.6
Senegal 41
Rwanda 40.7
Benin 40.2
Cambodia 39.8
Nigeria 39.4
Mali 39.3
Tajikistan 38.6
Togo 37.9
Tanzania 36.9
Bangladesh 36.8
Syria 36.3
Guinea 35
Ethiopia 34.7
Sudan 34.7
Yemen 34
Angola 33.7
Zambia 33.3
Laos 32.7
Madagascar 31.6
Malawi 31.4
Burkina Faso 31
Congo (Dem. Rep.) 30.5
Haiti 29.4
Mozambique 29.4
Niger 29
Chad 28.6
Sierra Leone 26.1
Burundi 24

Data sourced from Economist Intelligence Unit. URL – foodsecurityindex.eiu.com/

Disclaimer: This Article and the map image is based on the findings of Economist Intelligence Unit. Copyright to the findings/data belong to Economist Intelligence Unit exclusively. The findings are used in this article in good faith, for information purpose only without any intention to claim any rights on the findings.

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