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IFPRI 2015 Global Hunger Index (GHI) 2015

2015 marks the tenth year of the Global Hunger Index (GHI), which measures the state of hunger at the global, regional, and national level.  This report states that even though tremendous progress has been made towards eliminating global hunger, there is still a long way to go.

Hunger levels in developing countries have fallen by 27 percent since 2000, and 17 countries have been halving their hunger scores since 2000 but hunger levels in 52 of the 117 measured countries remain “serious” (44 countries) or “alarming” (8 countries: Central African Republic, Chad, Zambia, Timor-Leste, Sierra Leone, Haiti, Madagascar, and Afghanistan).

This year’s main focus is on armed conflict and the challenge it poses for tackling hunger. One specific section of the report discusses the links between global warming, conflict and hunger (p.28). 

You can access the full report or a shorter synopsis—as well as the data behind the scores. A press release and factsheets on the report’s findings in Africa south of the Sahara, Asia, and globally are also available. There are also a number of videos, A Decade of Measuring Hunger and Inside the 2015 GHI available, as well as an interactive map.   

You can find earlier reports from 2011 and 2012 on our website and you can find related resources here.

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