Singapore tops global index on food security, but climate change may affect food supply
By Fabian Koh
Singapore is top in the world when it comes to ensuring that its citizens have access to safe and nutritious food at affordable prices in the short and long term.
However, given that Singapore imports most of its food, climate change could still disrupt its food security depending on how badly other food-producing countries are hit.
The Global Food Security Index (GFSI) released on Tuesday (Oct 16) puts Singapore at No. 1, a jump of three places from last year and the first time it has topped the ranking since the listing of 113 countries was started in 2012 by the Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU).
However, the report noted that Singapore's food security is the most susceptible to climate and natural resource risks, with the import-dependent country facing potential disruptions to its food supply.
The risks include exposure to climate changes, such as a rise in temperature, drought and flooding, and the health of land and water resources.
When those risks are taken into account, Singapore ranks 16th among the 113 countries, with Switzerland in top spot.