event 08 Feb 2017

Tools/Documentation // Developing the Pardee RAND Food-Energy-Water Security Index Tools - Toward a Global Standardized, Quantitative, and Transparent Resource Assessment

More than 2 billion people around the world, especially in developing countries, do not have access to high-quality services related to food, water, and energy. To provide information to development agencies and efforts focused on food, water, and energy resources, the RAND Corporation developed the Pardee RAND Food-Energy-Water Security Index. The index can be accessed online through an interactive RAND website that allows exploration of the data through maps and charts or downloading of the data for offline analysis. This report serves as the technical documentation for the index.

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The index provides a standardized, quantitative, and transparent estimation of the nexus between food, energy, and water that can easily be used by policymakers, the development community, scientists, and the public interested in improving human development worldwide.


Henry H. Willis, David Groves, Jeanne Ringel, Zhimin Mao, Shira Efron, Michele Abbott


RAND Corporation website (open access, 4.1 MB)

Access to the FEW Index

FEW Index website at Pardee RAND Graduate School website (open access)

Table of Contents

  • Measuring Food, Energy, and Water Security
  • The Pardee RAND Food-Energy-Water Security Index
  • An Integrated View of Food, Energy, and Water Security Worldwide
  • Potential Extensions of the Pardee RAND Food-Energy-Water Security Index
  • Appendix A: Data Used in Analysis
  • Appendix B: Country Values for FEW Indices and the Human Development Index




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