UAE and Kuwait have highest food security levels in region

September 14, 20140 Comments

The UAE and Kuwait enjoy the highest levels of food security in the region, says a new report. The Economist Intelligence Unit’s (EIU) Global Food Security Index for this year included both countries for the first time. The report ranks the UAE and Kuwait at positions 30 and 28 in the world respectively, and at third and second places respectively in the region.

“Kuwait and the UAE enter the index with strong scores of 72.2 and 70.9 respectively,” said the report. “Their high scores were driven by stellar performances in affordability, where both countries scored above 90.

“As relatively small and wealthy countries, nearly all affordability indicators were strengths for both countries.”

The inclusion of the UAE and Kuwait in the report highlights the issue of food security in the Middle East and North Africa (Mena) and their importance to the global energy economy.

“Both countries are important energy producers,” said the report. “Given their moderately strong performances in the index, they provide an additional perspective into how Mena countries may be able to improve their food security.”

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