A report published recently by the US Department of Agriculture Economic Research Service entitled “International Food Security Assessment 2011-21” lays out predictions for global Food Security over the forthcoming decade.
The study found that, despite global food commodity prices, strong domestic food production and low price transmission from global to domestic markets contributed to a decline of 9 million in the number of food-insecure people from 2010 to 2011. Yet there are still notable regional differences.
According to the report, whilst Asian countries are set to see a decrease of food-insecure people by 33 per cent by 2021, the number of food-insecure people in Sub-Saharan Africa (SSA) is projected to increase by 17 million. By 2021, it is predicted that SSA will see a rise of six per cent in its food-insecure population.
The report also found that the food distribution gap in SSA – the difference between projected food availability and food needed to increase consumption in food-deficit income groups – is also up by 20 per cent, whilst the distribution gap is projected to decline by half in Asia and by 30 per cent in Latin America and the Caribbean.