Kuwait City: Kuwait ranked first in the Middle for its food security, according to the latest Global Food Security Index published by the Economist Intelligence Unit.
Out of 113 countries, Kuwait was ranked 33rd overall and scored 70.7 based on affordability, availability, quality and safety.
Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia and the UAE are only a few points away from Kuwait.
The Ministry of Trade provides all Kuwaitis with subsidised food necessities ranging from rice and bread to oil and chicken. A ration card is given to each Kuwaiti home and the amount differs depending on the number of people in the household.
Based on the index, the prevalence of undernourishment is estimated to be around 2.5 per cent. Programs like the ration cards help struggling families get food at a low cost, thus eliminating the chance of malnutrition.
While food scarcity is not an issue in Kuwait, the index revealed that obesity is high. According to a study by the frontiers in Endocrinology, around eight in 10 Kuwaiti adults are overweight and obese.
In terms of food supply, the index ranked it as one of Kuwait’s strengths. With that being said, the majority of Kuwait’s food is around 96 per cent, due to agriculture obstacles like lack of rainfall and extreme heat in the summer.
Located on the Arabian Gulf, Kuwait access to fish has decreased across the years by 20 per cent mainly to do with the increased pollution and rise in sea temperatures.