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This dataset contains a suite of indicators (available from 2017) on the level of food security in several countries as provided by FAO.
The selection of the indicators included in this dataset is based upon the FAO suite of Food Security Indicators, which includes 21 indicators grouped along the four dimension of food security (Availability, Access, Utilization and Stability). Another 10 indicators are included as “additional useful statistics”.
The new suite of food security indicators is composed of a revised selection of indicators based on the SDGs monitoring requirement and data availability. For example, some of the utilization indicators are replaced with official SDGs indicators. In addition, a new indicator for measuring severe food insecurity based on the Food Insecurity Experience Scale (FIES) is included. The choice of the indicators has been informed by expert judgment and the availability of data with sufficient coverage to enable comparisons across regions and over time. Many of these indicators are produced and published elsewhere by FAO and other international organizations. They are reported here in a single database with the aim of building a wide food security information system.
Data from the FAO suite of food security indicators can be accessed on FAOSTAT.
Number of years
|Countries / Obs||Min / Max Value|
|Gross domestic product per capita, PPP (constant 2011 international $)|
|Prevalence of severe food insecurity in the total population (%) (3-year average)|
|Prevalence of undernourishment (%) (3-year average)|
|Rail-lines density (per 100 square km of land area)|
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