About 700 million people in 76 low-and middle-income countries are food insecure, and the situation could grow worse in the poorest countries. Some countries—due in part to policy changes and stronger economic growth—have significantly improved their food security situation since the 1996 World Food Summit. This includes several countries in Asia, Sub-Saharan Africa and Latin America.
ERS provides research, analysis, and information on food security, including factors affecting food production and ability to import food in low-and middle-income countries. The agency publishes an annual report assessing international food security.