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South Africa ranked 40th on Global Food Security Index

South Africa has been ranked 40th out of 105 countries in a Global Food Security Index, which placed the US in the top spot and the Democratic Republic of Congo at the bottom

Rice-SAThe Global Food Security Index has placed South Africa in the 40th spot in a recent study. (Image source: Jeff Attaway/Flickr)

South Africa was also ranked 13th in a division of 28 countries by income streaming. Chile topped that list, with Algeria in last place. It categorised South Africa as an ‘upper middle income’ country.

The index, conducted by the Economist Intelligence Unit, found that countries in sub-Saharan Africa and South Asia were the most vulnerable to high food prices.

“Of the 28 sub-Saharan countries covered in the index, food consumption accounts for 50 per cent or more of household spending in 20 of them," the unit found in its report, which was released earlier this month.

By comparison, in Switzerland, New Zealand and the US, seven to 14 per cent of spending was on food.

The index found high food prices could also be a problem in advanced countries, and that spending tended to be on processed foods and meats.

A separate study mentioned in the report this year found that one in seven elderly people in the US was food insecure - amounting to about 8.3 million people.

According to Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) findings referred to in the index, the average adult needs 2,300 calories a day to lead a healthy and active life.

Sub-Saharan Africa was the only region where the average food supply was below the daily adult requirement, the FAO found.

The index also measures the volatility of agricultural production. Researchers said China experienced the least volatility during the last 20 years, with Algeria, Morocco and Tunisia among the greatest. 

In China, volatility is lessened by its geographic size, and grain production is subsidised through a government minimum purchasing price that is higher than market rates.

Researchers noted that poor nutrition is a concern for wealthy and poor countries. In the report's executive summary, the researchers comment that studies show a lack of food "is correlated with a substantial deterioration of democratic institutions in low-income countries, as well as a rise in communal violence, riots, human rights abuses and civil conflict".


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