Global Hunger Index 2014

Global Hunger Index 2014

2 billion people suffering from "hidden hunger". Flight, displacement and civil wars impact drastically on the food situation

(13/10/2014) The Global Hunger Index published today shows that the number of undernourished people worldwide is not going down as rapidly as hoped for. In 16 countries, the hunger severity is "alarming" or even "very alarming". Globally, 805 million people still suffer from hunger. Almost twice that number, two billion people, are suffering from so-called "hidden hunger", a lack of micronutrients.

"Conflicts such as those currently going on in Syria, Iraq or South Sudan also jeopardise the food supply in the respective countries", explains Bärbel Dieckmann, Welthungerhilfe President. "Refugees are even more likely to suffer from food insecurity, malnutrition and diseases".

Iraq was in second worst place of all countries in this year's Global Hunger Index. Ongoing violence, the huge number of internally displaced persons and increasing numbers of refugees from Syria, as well as the fact that the basic supply has gradually become worse over the past few years, exacerbate the situation. The number of undernourished people in Iraq has more than doubled since 1990.

"There is also the Ebola epidemic in West Africa, which will have a significant impact on the food situation in the affected counties over the next few months", says Dieckmann. "The world must become more united to be able to meet these challenges. We must have the courage to show unconditional solidarity".

The Global Hunger Index also shows that overall, the hunger index in the developing countries has gone down by 39 percent since 1990. 26 countries managed to reduce their GHI value by half or more, including Angola, Benin, Brazil, Ghana, Cambodia, Mali, Thailand, Peru and Vietnam.

"We must resolutely press ahead with fighting hunger and malnutrition in the 21st century. Ending this dimension of human suffering will allow millions of people to lead happy and fulfilled lives", Klaus von Grebmer, International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) researcher, emphasises.

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Event

Hunger on the international agenda

Hunger on the international agenda

 

Hunger on the international agenda

From 19th to 21st November in Rome the 2nd International Conference on Nutrition (ICN2) will take place under the leadership of the FAO and WHO. We will present the results of the Global Hunger Index.