France has again been named the world’s top performer in the latest Food Sustainability Index.

The index is compiled by the Barilla Center for Food & Nutrition (BCFN Foundation), in partnership with the Economist Intelligence Unit. It assesses performance in sustainable agriculture, nutrition, food loss and waste across 34 countries.

The report, released at the 8th International Forum on Food and Nutrition this week, is a valuable tool for identifying weaknesses in the global food system; allowing governments and organisations to target responses where they are needed the most.

France scored well across all the key indicators and was praised for its strong sustainable agriculture sector and for its ‘excellent policy responses to food loss and food waste’.

The country’s agro-ecology project – led by the French Ministry of Agriculture – is working to promote sustainable practices, and it is expected the majority of farmers will have signed up to it by 2025.

A detailed analysis of all 34 nations is available in the report.