Title: The use of the Global Food Security Index to inform the situation in food insecure countries
Publisher: Publications Office of the European Union
Publication Year: 2017
JRC N°: JRC108638
ISBN: 978-92-79-76681-7
ISSN: 1831-9424
Other Identifiers: EUR 28885 EN
OP KJ-NA-28885-EN-N
URI: http://publications.jrc.ec.europa.eu/repository/handle/JRC108638
DOI: 10.2760/83356
Type: EUR - Scientific and Technical Research Reports
Abstract: This report is meant to document the use of the Global Food Security Index (GFSI) to inform the food security situation in countries of interest for DEVCO. The review of conceptual framework indicates that the GFSIhas to be interpreted as a food security environment rating. It focuses on the food security determinants rather than on the food security outcomes. It includes some of the usual food security determinants such as food supply, food share in total expenditure, poverty or nutritional policies and enlarge to less direct determinants like access to financial services, corruption, political stability. It thus only partially overlap with existing food security indicators. The statistical assessement of the index finds that GFSI exhibits good statistical properties. The index is statistically coherent and robust to changes in the weight and aggregation methods. The data coverage is good and the effect of outliers on the final score is not important. The conclusion recommends to use the GFSI in conjunction with other indicator of food insecurity namely those measuring the outcomes of food security in terms of food consumption and the nutritional status of the population to have a good assessment of the actual food security and nutrition situation in food insecure countries.
JRC Directorate:Sustainable Resources

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