Findings from the annual Global Food Security Index were issued Tuesday by the Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU) that shows food security has improved in some developing nations. The average 2013 Global Food Index Score held flat at 53.5, compared to the 53.6 measured in 2012.

The Index, a first-of-its-kind ranking tool to comprehensively measure food security and monitor the ongoing impact of agriculture investments, collaborations and policies around the world, is commissioned by DuPont.

“Addressing food security is fruitless without measurement tools and global benchmarks, together with a continued commitment, but most important: Action,” said DuPont Pioneer President Paul E. Schickler. “Since we commissioned the first Global Food Security Index last year, governments, NGOs and academics have used the Index as a roadmap to identify critical food security issues and make better informed decisions, develop collaborative partnerships and create effective local policies to address country-specific needs.”