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Oxfam’s “Good Enough to Eat” index names Netherlands number 1

Rankings 3 February 2014, 11:35

Oxfam’s “Good Enough to Eat” index was recently published. It determined that the Netherlands is the best country out of those studied to access good food. The country has the most plentiful, affordable, nutritious, and healthy diet.

Results of Oxfam's "Good Enough to Eat" indexOxfam’s “Good Enough to Eat” index was recently published. In it, the international non-profit organization asks four key questions to determine the challenges that people in different countries face when trying to get enough quality food to eat. The index is the first of its kind and it assesses 125 countries by asking:

  • Do people have enough to eat?
  • Can people afford to eat?
  • Is the food available of good quality?
  • What is the extent of unhealthy outcomes of people’s diets?

Netherlands comes out on top

The index determined that the Netherlands is the best country out of those studied to access good food. The country has the most plentiful, affordable, nutritious, and healthy diet. The index scored countries on a scale in which 0 was the best result and 100 was the worst. The Netherlands scored 6 points, having fairly low food prices, a low rate of diabetes, and good nutritional diversity. The country scored lower in the obesity measure however. About 19% of the population (nearly 1 in 5 people) are considered obese, having a body mass index of over 30.

Other results

France and Switzerland were tied with 8 points, just behind the Netherlands. Austria, Belgium, Denmark, and Sweden all scored 10 points, followed by Australia, Ireland, Italy, Luxembourg, and Portugal with 11 points. The top 12 was dominated by Western European countries, with the exception of Australia. Although these countries scored very well in terms of lack of undernourishment and malnutrition and access to safe drinking water, most of them scored quite poorly when it came to levels of obesity. The UK came in 13th, largely due to the high cost of food and food price volatility.

At the bottom of the list was Chad, scoring 50 points, followed closely by Angola and Ethiopia with 49. The cost of food is very expensive in Chad and the nutritional value is low. One in three children in the country are considered underweight.

The index is part of Oxfam’s GROW campaign and aims to encourage countries and governments to focus their efforts and produce and distribute food in a better way. Although there is enough food to feed everyone, one in eight people go hungry every day.

Find more about other achievements of the Netherlands.

Source: oxfam.org

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