Global Hunger Index 2015
Armed Conflict and the Challenge of Hunger
How do hunger and armed conflicts correlate? The Global Hunger Index 2015 analyzes this context and provides most current statistics of hunger and poverty worldwide. (October 2015)
More than 13 million people were uprooted by violence in 2014. Most left, propelled by conflicts in Syria, Afghanistan, and Somalia. An average of 42,500 people per day fled their homes in 2014. Approximately 59.5 million people are displaced by conflict and persecution worldwide, the highest level ever recorded. Increasing numbers of people are being caught in a "conflict trap" that holds them in poverty. Today, displaced people spend an average of more than 17 years in camps or with host communities.
Conflict can have ripple effects on human welfare. Countries that suffer protracted or repeated violent conflict may experience much higher levels of undernutrition, reduced access to education, and much higher infant mortality than stable countries of similar economic standing. The 2015 Global Hunger Index, jointly published by the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI), Concern Worldwide, and Welthungerhilfe, shows that levels of hunger in the developing world have declined by more than one-quarter since 2000. Despite the progress made, the level of hunger in the world remains unacceptably high, with 795 million people still going hungry, more than one in four children affected by stunting, and 9 percent of children affected by wasting.
This is the tenth year that IFPRI has calculated the Global Hunger Index (GHI) and analyzed this multidimensional measure of global hunger. The series of reports tracks the state of hunger worldwide and country by country, putting a spotlight on those regions and countries where action is most needed to address hunger.
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