It (the index) can become reference for us to work hand-in-hand to overcome the red (very weak and weak level) and yellow (moderate level) indicators...
Jakarta (ANTARA) - The National Food Agency (BPN) has noted that according to the 2022 Global Food Security Index (GFSI), food affordability in Indonesia is at the green level, or very good condition, with a total score of 81.4.

"Many (indicators) of the affordability aspect have been good. However, regarding the availability aspect, the volatility of agricultural production is the only indicator that has been at the green level," Deputy III for Consumption Diversification and Food Safety at the BPN Andriko Noto Susanto noted in a conference monitored virtually here on Thursday.

The GFSI found that three out of the five indicators of Indonesia's food affordability were at a very good level, meaning scoring at around 80-100. They included the change in the average food costs, with a score of 86.5; proportion of population under the global poverty line, 80.9; as well as food safety net programmes, score of 100.

Meanwhile, the two other indicators of the affordability aspect were agriculture trade, which was at a good level, scoring at around 70-79.9, with a score of 78.5, and the inequality-adjusted income index, which was at a moderate level, scoring at around 55-69.9, with a score of 55.1.

Meanwhile, regarding the food availability aspect, the GFSI gave Indonesia a score of 50.9, or a weak level, scoring 40-54.9.

It was because several indicators, such as access to agricultural inputs, agricultural research and development, as well as sufficiency of supply, are at a very weak level, scoring 0-39.9.

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In addition, other indicators of the availability aspect, including supply chain infrastructure as well as food security and access policy commitments, were at a weak level.

"Regarding the quality and safety aspect, only the food safety (indicator) had been at the green level," the deputy stated at the International Conference on Indonesia and Global Affairs RPI-1st Session.

However, he noted that other indicators of the quality and safety aspect were not good enough, such as the nutritional standards that were at a moderate level, micronutrient availability that was at a weak level, and dietary diversity that was at a very weak level.

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Likewise, a lot of improvement was necessary in the food sustainability and adaptation aspect since it was at a weak level, with a score of 46.3, mainly due to very weak level of water and political commitment to adaptation indicators.

"It (the index) can become a reference for us to work hand-in-hand to overcome the red (very weak and weak level) and yellow (moderate level) indicators. Thus, they can immediately change into the green (good and very good level) ones, but the most important aspect is to maintain the green ones from becoming the yellow ones or red ones," Susanto added.

Overall, Indonesia was ranked 63rd out of the 133 countries in the 2022 GFSI, rising up from the previous year's ranking of 69 in the index.

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