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Qatar grabbed top spots in the 2017 Global Food Security Index. The country topped the world in one of the three core pillars of index, developed by the Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU) and American conglomerate DuPont.
Among the 113 countries, Qatar ranked top under the “Affordability” pillar with a ranking of 93.3 points. Singapore (91.3), US (85.9) and UAE (84.9) came second, third and fourth, respectively in the Global Ranking.
The “Affordability” pillar measures the ability of a country’s consumers to purchase food, the country’s vulnerability to price shocks and the presence of programmes and policies to support consumers when shocks occur.
The score is the weighted average of six indicators including GDP per capita of the country, food consumption as a share of household expenditure, proportion of population under global poverty line, presence of food safety net programmes of the country and access of finance for farmers.
The Index considers three core pillars of food security — Affordability, Availability, and Quality & Safety — across 113 countries. The index is a quantitative and qualitative benchmarking model, constructed from 28 unique indicators, that provides an objective framework for evaluating food security across a wide range of countries worldwide.