Developing the Pardee RAND Food-Energy-Water Security Index

Toward a Global Standardized, Quantitative, and Transparent Resource Assessment

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

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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.

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.

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Table of Contents

  • Chapter One

    Measuring Food, Energy, and Water Security

  • Chapter Two

    The Pardee RAND Food-Energy-Water Security Index

  • Chapter Three

    An Integrated View of Food, Energy, and Water Security Worldwide

  • Chapter Four

    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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