This dataset contains indicators on the level of food security in several countries as provided by FAO. The selection of the indicators included in this dataset is based upon the FAO suite of food security indicators, which includes 30 indicators grouped along the four dimension of food security -- Availability, Access, Utilization and Stability. Data from the FAO suite of food security indicators can be accessed on FAOSTAT.

Cereal import dependency ratio (%) (3-year average)

This indicator is calculated by FAOSTAT/ESS and is part of the FAO Suite of Food Security Indicators -- Dimension: stability ( The cereal imports dependency ratio tells how much of the available domestic food supply of cereals has been imported and how much comes from the country's own production. It is computed as (cereal imports - cereal exports)/(cereal production + cereal imports - cereal exports) * 100. Given this formula the indicator assumes only values <= 100. Negative values indicate that the country is a net exporter of cereals. This indicator provides a measure of the dependence of a country or region from cereal imports. The greater the indicator, the higher the dependence. The indicator is calculated in three year averages, from 1990-92 to 2009-11, to reduce the impact of possible errors in estimated production and trade, due to the difficulties in properly accounting of stock variations in major food (Source: Faostat -


Measurement unit
Percentage (3-year average)
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