Depth of the food deficit (kilocalories per person per day)

Definition: The depth of the food deficit indicates how many calories would be needed to lift the undernourished from their status, everything else being constant. The average intensity of food deprivation of the undernourished, estimated as the difference between the average dietary energy requirement and the average dietary energy consumption of the undernourished population (food-deprived), is multiplied by the number of undernourished to provide an estimate of the total food deficit in the country, which is then normalized by the total population.

Description: The map below shows how Depth of the food deficit (kilocalories per person per day) varies by country. The shade of the country corresponds to the magnitude of the indicator. The darker the shade, the higher the value. The country with the highest value in the world is Haiti, with a value of 530.00. The country with the lowest value in the world is Turkey, with a value of 1.00.

Source: Food and Agriculture Organization, Food Security Statistics.

See also: Country ranking, Time series comparison

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Development Relevance: The prevalence of undernourishment indicator provides only a partial picture of the food security situation. Recognizing this, FAO has compiled a preliminary set of food security indicators, available for most countries and years, to contribute to a more comprehensive assessment of the multiple dimensions and manifestations of food insecurity and to effective policies for more effective interventions and responses.

Statistical Concept and Methodology: The indicator is calculated as an average over 3 years.

Aggregation method: Weighted average

Periodicity: Annual