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The Economist Global Food Security Index

With its Global Food Security Index, the Economist Intelligence Unit is offering a highly valuable tool for analyzing global food security situation. Apart from providing an overall score of food security, the index offers detailed information on the three pillars of food security – Affordability, Availability and Quality & Safety – across 105 countries. All in all, the index combines information about 25 unique indicators using data from FAO, World Bank, IMF, WTO, the Economist Intelligence Unit itself, and others.

Via the website of the index it is possible to explore the index by regions and countries, or to find out about key linkages between country level scores of the index and the underlying factors. Furthermore, it is very nice that it is possible to download a file with the full data set used to construct the index – indeed a very useful  resource.

It is only a little sad that the Terms of Use seem to be overly restrictive, making it too complicated to, for example, embellish this post with the nice global overview map. How about putting it all under a CC license?

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