FAO Ranks Nigeria 91st On Food Security Index 2015

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Nigeria has been ranked 91st on the world food security index according to a release by the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO), reports Footprint to Africa.

The FAO’s Global Food Security Index is based on the assessment of 109 countries with the aim to rate their level of food sector development.

Footprint to Africa learnt that Nigeria emerged 91st with the average 37.1 index, but in spheres of quality and safety and availability Nigeria is ranked the 72nd and 87th respectively.

Nigeria also has three significant strengths: nutritional standards, volatility of agricultural production and agricultural import tariffs and this has helped the country for the last four years to improve its index by 3.2 points.

The Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) website recorded thus: “The Global Food Security Index (GFSI) considers the core issues of affordability, availability, 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, Footprint to Africa gathered, is the US with total score of 89.0. The second place went to Singapore with total of 88.2, while the third places went to Ireland with 85.4 indexes. Others countries are the Netherlands, Switzerland, Canada, Germany, Australia, France, Norway in that order and so on.

Footprint to Africa noted from  experts that “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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