Many of the countries that experienced waves of panic-buying at the start of the pandemic that resulted in empty supermarket shelves actually have some of the highest levels of food security on the planet. Back when Covid-19 struck, supermarkets witnessed chaotic scenes as customers bought bulk quantities of pasta, rice and other essential food items. That soaring level of demand did not mean there were actual food shortages but rather supply bottlenecks as demand exceeded supply. One year later, the pressure on supermarkets has eased, though problems with global food security persist.
According to the 2020 Global Food Security Index