Food Security Assessment Situation and Outlook No. (GFA-21) 64 pp

July 2010

Food Security Assessment, 2010-20

Food security in 70 developing countries is estimated to have improved between 2009 and 2010, in part due to economic recovery in many of these countries. The number of food-insecure people in the developing countries analyzed by ERS researchers is estimated to decrease about 7.5 percent from 2009 to 882 million in 2010. The number of food-insecure people at the aggregate level will not improve much over the next decade, declining by only 1 percent. While there will be notable improvements in Asia and Latin America, the situation in Sub-Saharan Africa is projected to deteriorate after 2010. Food-insecure people are defined as those consuming less than the nutritional target of 2,100 calories per day per person.

Keywords: Food security, prices, production, commercial imports, export earnings, capital inflows, remittances, foreign direct investment, food aid, Sub-Saharan Africa, North Africa, Asia, Latin America, the Caribbean, Commonwealth of Independent States

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