Introduction: The Overview of Food Security in the Countries of the Economic Cooperation Organization (ECO) provides a comprehensive review of the current status of food security in the region, highlighting the characteristics of food security, trends, challenges and recommendations. The publication brings together the latest and reliable data to provide the most up-to-date food security overview of the ECO region. The completion of the publication will also provide a timely opportunity to update the Regional Food Security Programme of ECO which was developed in 2008. Food security bolsters not only agricultural production but also people’s lives and the futures of their societies. Guaranteed access to nutritious food results in higher labour productivity, greater mental capacity and healthier lives. Together, food security and good nutrition lay the foundation for achieving many of the SDG targets, while investment in food security drives the changes needed for a more prosperous future. This first edition of the publication is the fruit of efforts made by the Economic Cooperation Organization Regional Coordination Centre for Food Security (ECO-RCC) in collecting and analysing relevant data and indicators. The Food and Agricultural Organization of the United Nations (FAO) provided technical support under the project “ECO Regional Coordination Centre for Food Security”, which aimed to enhance knowledge sharing and cooperation among ECO member states in the area of food security. The project was financed by the Government of Turkey through the FAO Turkey Partnership Programme on Food and Agriculture (FTPP). We hope that our partnership will contribute to a more comprehensive understanding of the state of food security in ECO member states and to greater collaboration to achieve food security for all people in the region. We further hope that the analysis, findings and suggestions in the publication will help encourage dialogue among ECO member states to develop a new effective regional programme for food security.
Keyword: Food security, OECD countries