Sunday, December 10, 2017 05.53AM / By The Barilla Center
for Food & Nutrition Foundation / EIU Perspectives
Can lower-income countries develop sustainable
France, Japan and Germany lead the world
Ethiopia, coming 12th in our Food
Sustainability Index, performed better than both the US and China.
Nigeria came 24th
out of the 34 countries in the coverage, performing better than Saudi Arabia,
Egypt, Brazil, India and United Arab Emirates.
represents a common thread linking the 17 Sustainable Development Goals adopted
by UN member states in 2015. The Food Sustainability Index (FSI), developed by
The Economist Intelligence Unit with the Barilla Center for Food &
Nutrition, is a model designed to assess the sustainability of national food
systems in a qualitative and quantitative manner.
FSI aims to highlight best practices among different countries, establish a
comparable benchmark and measure progress over time.
first edition of the FSI, published in 2016, ranked 25 countries according to
their food system sustainability.
the 2017 edition The Economist Intelligence Unit is adding nine new countries—including
seven from the wider Mediterranean region (Greece, Jordan, Lebanon, Morocco,
Portugal, Spain and Tunisia), plus Hungary and Sweden. The FSI’s ranking is not
intended to be judgemental, but rather offers a benchmark against which the
performance of countries can be monitored vis-à-vis the main challenges
confronting the global food system.
FSI’s three pillars—sustainable agriculture, nutritional challenges, and food
loss and waste—remain the same, but a weighting scheme based on consultations with
experts has been added. This has an impact on the indicator results and
rankings. The FSI’s three pillars are divided into eight categories, which are
in turn divided among 35 indicators scaled from 0 to 100, where 100 equals
fully sustainable. The overall score for each country is then calculated from a
weighted average of the categories.
more detailed explanation of the methodology and indicators included in the
2017 edition can be found in a dedicated methodology report.1 In future, it is
envisaged that the FSI will be expanded further and an even more longitudinal
Find here the executive summary
written by Laurence Blair and edited by Martin Koehring of The Economist
The Report - Eat better, eat less, food for all.
coexistence of hunger and obesity, the overexploitation of natural resources
and food waste: these are the three paradoxes identified by the Barilla Center
for Food & Nutrition.
use a multidisciplinary approach to study and analyse the relationship between
food and scientific, economic, social and environmental factors.
the COP 21 agreements and the definition of the UN Sustainable Development Goals,
the Food Sustainability
Index is just the latest result of the endeavour to turn
previously identified paradoxes into pillars of global analysis, in order to
study and promote sustainable practices and to rebalance the fundamental links
between food, people and the Planet.
sustainability is about culture, education, health, equity and respect for the
planet we live in.
hope that all these initiatives become useful tools for policy makers and civil
society, for experts and trainers, and for anyone studying to work in the food
system in the future.
Overall Performance / Ranking
came 24th out of the 34 countries in the coverage. This ranking is
the result of a composite index made up of a weighted sum of selected
indicators. A higher score means that the selected country is on the right path
towards a sustainable food and nutrition system.
loss and waste
chart ranks countries according to the food loss and waste subindex. A higher
score means that the selected country is on the right path to addressing food
loss and waste.
chart ranks countries according to the sustainable agriculture subindex. A
higher score means that the selected country is on the right path to
implementing a sustainable agriculture system.
chart ranks countries according to the hunger and obesity subindex. A higher
score means that the selected country is on the right path to tackling
nutritional problems via quality practices.http://foodsustainability.eiu.com/country-ranking/top-overall/
1. Click here to Download Global Executive Summary