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Saturday, August 22, 2015

Nigeria ranked 91st on food security index 2015

Nigeria has been ranked 91st on the world food security index which was released by the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO), reports NaijaAgroNet.

The Global Food Security Index which is based on the assessment of 109 countries, aims to rate the level of food sector development.

Nigeria emerged 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.

According to the Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) website, “The Global Food Security Index (GFSI) considers the core issues of affordability, availabilty, and quality and safety across a set of 109 countries. The index is a dynamic quantitative benchmarking model, constructed from 28 unique indicators that measure these drivers of food security across both developing and developed countries.

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 rating, NaijaAgroNet gathered, 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. Others are the Netherlands, Switzerland, Canada, Germany, Australia, France, Norway and so on.

According to experts “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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