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Global Food Security Index 2021: Pakistan & Sri Lanka Fare Better Than India In Food Affordability

New Delhi: Pakistan and Sri Lanka have scored better than India, which has been ranked 71st among 113 countries in the Global Food Security (GFS) Index 2021, in food affordability.

India with 50.2 points is below Pakistan (52.6 points) and Sri Lanka, which has fared even better in this category with 62.9 points, a global report released by Economist Impact and Corteva Agriscience on Tuesday said.

India at 71st position, however,  pipped its neighbours- Pakistan (75th), Sri Lanka (77th), Nepal (79th) and Bangladesh (84th) – with the overall GFS score of 57.2 points, but was lagging behind China (34th).

The top position was shared by Ireland, Australia, the UK, Finland, Switzerland, the Netherlands, Canada, Japan, France and the US with the overall GFS score in 77.8 to 80 points range on the index.

India also scored better than Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Nepal and Bangladesh in terms of availability of food, quality and safety as well as protecting natural resources for food production, the report said.

While Pakistan improved its score by 9 points, Nepal by 7 points and Bangladesh by 4.7 points since 2012, the jump for India was only 2.7 points, it added.

(With agency inputs)

OB Bureau

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