The Pardee RAND Food-Energy-Water Index (FEW Index) is based on the principle that food, energy, and water together are critical to social stability and economic growth. Insecurity in any one area poses serious impediments to human health, wellbeing, and development.
Through data visualization, the FEW Index gives users a holistic view of the current status of resource provision for countries across the world. The Index can help begin to identify how different trends – for example, climate change or population growth – could affect resource security in the future.
What Questions can the FEW Index Answer?
The FEW Index is comprised of three sub-indices — one for each resource — and brings all data together in a consistent manner. You can review our data and formulations in the technical documentation. Bringing together three sub-indices in one tool make it possible to answer a number of critical development-related questions, including the following:
- How “healthy” is a country’s status of food, water, energy resources?
- What are the dominant sources of resource insecurity in a country?
- How can trends in society, technology, or the climate affect the security of food, water, and energy security in a country?
- Developing the Pardee RAND Food-Energy-Water Security Index
Toward a Global Standardized, Quantitative, and Transparent Resource Assessment