A study on global food sustainability.

Food Sustainability Index

The origin of the Food Sustainability Index

The Food Sustainability Index was developed in collaboration between the BCFN Foundation and the Economist Intelligence Unit, with one common objective: to promote knowledge on food sustainability.

The Food Sustainability Index is a global study on nutrition, sustainable agriculture and food waste which collects data from 34 countries across the world to highlight best practices and key areas for improvement in relation to the food paradoxes and the main Sustainable Development Goals.

An accompanying report produced in 2017, Fixing Food: The Mediterranean Region investigates food sustainability issues in the Mediterranean in the context of the various social, economic and environmental challenges confronting the region. New content in the 2017 edition of the research programme also includes an executive summary and infographics on the global findings as well as articles on food sustainability developments in the Arab world, France, Germany and the US.

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The origin of the Food Sustainability Index

The Food Sustainability Index Model

The Food Sustainability Index comprises a briefing paper, infographics and a digital hub. It is a qualitative and quantitative analysis model, based on 35 indicators and 50 sub-indicators, which analyse food sustainability from a multidisciplinary approach.
The Food Sustainability Index Model
The Economist - Intelligence Unit

Phases of the Food Sustainability Index

The first release of the Food Sustainability Index was presented on December 1, 2016 at the seventh edition of the International Forum on Food and Nutrition in front of an international audience of experts and stakeholders.

This is when it started to become well known. On December 7, 2016, the Food Sustainability Index was presented to the European Parliament with the aim of raising the community's awareness about food paradoxes, sharing best practices and identifying concrete solutions to meet the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

Policy makers, NGOs and civilised society all acknowledge the importance of this tool in inspiring, motivating and educating.

The second release of the Food Sustainability Index was presented on December 5, 2017 on the occasion of the 8th International Forum on Food and Nutrition which was held in Milan.

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