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03 March, 2021 Legal Update

Food Safety Update: March 2021

Food Safety Update: March 2021

Discover this month's food safety update from the Global Food Security Index and the European Union.

2020 Global Food Security Index Shows Overall Decline in Food Security

On February 23, the Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU) released the ninth annual Global Food Security Index (GFSI) sponsored by Corteva, which measures the underlying drivers of food security in 113 countries, based on the factors of affordability, availability, quality and safety, and natural resources and resilience.
The GFSI considers food security in the context of income and economic inequality, gender inequality, and environmental and natural resources inequality –calling attention to systemic gaps and most recently how COVID-19 exacerbates their impact on food systems.
This year, the GFSI formally includes "Natural Resources and Resilience" as a fourth main category. This addition marks a significant shift in methodology, revealing food systems' resiliency against climate change. The sub-indicators under this category include food import dependency, disaster risk management and projected population growth. The 2020 index also measures gender inequality and inequality-adjusted income as sub-indicators for the first time in its history. Based on these findings, global food security has decreased for the second year in a row.
For the third consecutive year, the North American region is leading the world in food security. Europe is a close second, accounting for eight of the top 10 countries. Using the new methodology, Finland tops the list while last year's leader, Singapore, drops down to 19th place. Ireland retains its second rank position, while the United States moves to 11th place.
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