India at 71st on Global Food Security index 2021 of 113 nations

India is ranked at 71st place within the Global Food Security (GFS) Index 2021 of 113 international locations, however the nation lags behind its neighbours Pakistan and Sri Lanka in phrases meals affordability, in response to a report.

Pakistan (with 52.6 factors) scored higher than India (50.2 factors) within the class of meals affordability. Sri Lanka was even higher with 62.9 factors on this class on the GFS Index 2021, a worldwide report launched by Economist Impact and Corteva Agriscience on Tuesday mentioned.

Ireland, Australia, the UK, Finland, Switzerland, the Netherlands, Canada, Japan, France and the US shared the highest rank with the general GFS rating within the vary of 77.eight and 80 factors on the index.

The GFS Index was designed and constructed by London-based Economist Impact and is sponsored by Corteva Agriscience.

The GFS Index measures the underlying drivers of meals safety in 113 international locations, based mostly on the elements of affordability, availability, high quality and security, and pure assets and resilience. It considers 58 distinctive meals safety indicators together with earnings and financial inequality – calling consideration to systemic gaps and actions wanted to speed up progress towards United Nations Sustainable Development Goal of Zero Hunger by 2030.

According to the report, India held 71st place with an total rating of 57.2 factors on the GFS Index 2021 of 113 international locations, fared higher than Pakistan (75th place), Sri Lanka (77th Position), Nepal (79th place) and Bangladesh (84th place). But the nation was means behind China (34th place).

In the meals affordability class, Pakistan (with 52.6 factors) scored higher than India (50.2 factors). Sri Lanka was additionally higher at 62.9 factors on the GFS Index 2021.

In case of availability of meals, high quality and security in addition to defending pure assets for meals manufacturing, India scored higher than Pakistan, Nepal, Bangladesh and Sri Lanka on the GFS Index 2021, the report added.

However, over the previous 10 years, India’s incremental positive factors in total meals safety rating have been lagging behind that of Pakistan, Nepal and Bangladesh.

India’s rating improved solely by 2.7 factors to 57.2 in 2021 from 54.5 in 2012 compared with Pakistan by 9 factors (to 54.7 in 2021 from 45.7 in 2012) whereas that of Nepal by 7 factors (to 53.7 factors in 2021 from 46.7 factors in 2012) and Bangladesh by 4.7 factors (to 49.1 in 2021 from 44.Four factors in 2012).

China’s rating improved by 9.6 factors to 71.three in 2021 from 61.7 in 2012, the report mentioned.

“The GFSI looks beyond hunger to identify the underlying factors affecting food insecurity around the world,” mentioned Tim Glenn, Executive Vice-President and Chief Commercial Officer, Corteva Agriscience.

The findings of GFS Index 2021 additionally confirmed that international meals safety has decreased for the second yr in a row after seven years of progress in direction of the Sustainable Development Goal of reaching zero starvation by 2030.

According to Pratima Singh, Head of the Global Food Security Index at Economist Impact, “The index shows that, while countries have made significant strides toward addressing food insecurity in the past ten years, food systems remain vulnerable to economic, climatic, and geopolitical shocks. Action is imperative at all levels–local, national, and global–to end hunger and malnourishment and ensure food security for all.”

In its international report, Economist Impact acknowledged that the Index reveals that to satisfy these current and rising future challenges requires that investments in meals safety are sustained – from innovation in climate-resilient crop yields to investing in applications to help probably the most weak.