[Dubai, UAE, September 14, 2014] – Food security represents a growing global challenge, as the world’s population increases by more than 75 million people each year, reaching more than 9 billion by 2050. Food prices will pose major obstacles to accessibility to food, as billions in the developing world already spend half to three-quarters of their income on food. Increasing shortages of water and arable land, especially in developing nations, will present additional challenges to food security.
DuPont and the Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU) recently released the 2014 Global Food Security Index. The Index measures 109 countries -- Kuwait and the United Arab Emirates (UAE) added this year, against 28 food security indicators that monitor the ongoing impact of agriculture investments, collaborations and policies around the world.
While UAE is challenged with obesity and food loss, the 2014 Index examines how these two new factors affect access to safe, nutritious and affordable food. Seventeen percent of the global population is overweight and at least 2.8 million adults die each year as a result of being overweight or obese. “According to the World Bank, four GCC countries are in the global top 20 for obesity: Bahrain, Kuwait, Saudi Arabia and United Arab Emirates. DuPont works in close collaboration with customers to find new and better ways to solve food and nutrition challenges and create sustainable solutions essential to a better, safer, and healthier life. Our ingredient solutions allow fat and sugar reduction without compromising the sensory eating properties. Our probiotics help improve digestion and boost the immune system,” said Flemming Krabbenhoft, DuPont Danisco, Regional Sales Manager, Gulf Cooperation Council.
The other new indicator, food loss, examines post-harvest and pre-consumer food loss that occurs in various stages of production, processing, transport and storage along the supply chain, such as when edible food products are left in the field or in silos, degraded through improper packaging or consumed by pests. “DuPont is providing effective solutions to eliminate waste through protection and ensuring a more sustainable food supply –one that is safer, more secure, and less vulnerable to foodborne pathogens and spoilage organisms. Considerable efforts have gone into improving production technologies, distribution, hygiene standards and consumer education, yet food outbreaks are still on the rise – impacting global and local health conditions and threatening our already limited food supply,” he added.
For more information on the interactive Global Food Security Index, including definitions of the 28 global indicators, impact of changing food prices, multi-country comparisons and more, visit: http://foodsecurityindex.eiu.com/.
DuPont is committed to driving food security efforts locally, sustainably and collaboratively; visit foodsecurity.dupont.com or follow the conversation on Twitter at #foodsecurity to learn more.
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