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Most Sub-Saharan African countries have improved their food security over the past year

The Global Food Security Index (GFSI) by The Economist and DuPont measures a country’s level of food security on a scale of 0 (poor) to 100 (strong). 21 out of 29 countries (71%) covered by the GFSI in Sub-Saharan Africa (SSA) today are now more food secure than they were in 2013 – a development driven by the region's strong economic growth over the past decade. Of the 10 countries that have improved the most between 2013 and 2014, seven are African, with Uganda leading the global year-on-year food security improvers list with a gain of 5.8 points.
At the regional level, SSA’s food security as a whole improved the most between 2013 and 2014, gaining 2 points which is almost double that of China (+1.2) and much more than Russia’s (-0.7) and Brazil’s (-0.5). SSA is also the top improver in Food Quality and Safety (FQ&S) among all regions gaining 2.3 points followed by Middle East & North Africa (+0.6) then Europe (+0.2) with all remaining regions showing a decline. At the country level, 8 of the 10 most improved countries in FQ&S are in Africa, with Rwanda leading the list with +11.9 points and Nigeria in 10th position with +5.7 points.
Data: The Economist & DuPont - Global Food Security Index 2014
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