Food consumption by countries compared

Living in a country like the U.S., where most people struggle with limiting their food consumption, it’s hard to imagine a life where you don’t even have the option of accessing enough calories for health.


But The Economist Intelligence Unit’s new Global Food Security Index makes clear the existence of that reality. It shows that in the planet’s most food-poor countries, food availability for the average inhabitant falls over 300 calories shy of the recommended daily intake of 2,300.

The five countries with the greatest calorie shortage per capita are (ranked worst to least worst):

   1. Congo (Democratic Republic)

   2. Burundi

   3. Haiti

   4. Zambia

   5. Angola

In the five countries with the greatest calorie excess the average person has over 1,300 more calories available than the recomended 2,300. Those countries are (ranked beginning with highest excess):

    1. Austria

    2. United States

    3. Greece

    4. Belgium

    5. Italy

The US, Denmark, Norway and France came out on top for the overall Food Security Index. In addition to food availability, the index ranks countries on the affordability of food, as well as its quality and safety.

Interestingly, for most countries scoring high on the food security index, micronutrient availability remained a problem. France was the only country in the top ten for the overall index that also ranked in the top ten for micronutrient availability. The weak micronutrient scores appear to primarily come from limited the availability of vegetal iron in national food supplies.


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