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Global Hunger Index 2014

Bernadette Murphy | 18 November 2014 | 1 Comment

The Global Hunger Index report shows that, since 1990, progress has been made in reducing hunger. However, global hunger levels remain unacceptably high; sixteen countries have levels of hunger that are described as “alarming” or “extremely alarming.”

Hidden hunger

The report focuses on something that is often overlooked: hidden hunger.

Hidden hunger refers to a deficiency in vitamins and minerals. It often has no visible warning signs, so people who suffer from it may not even be aware of it.

Its consequences are nevertheless disastrous: hidden hunger can lead to mental impairment, poor health or even death. It holds whole countries back in a cycle of poor nutrition and persistent poverty. 

 

 

Action needed

This problem affects more than two billion people. To sustainably tackle hidden hunger, the report calls for action to be taken in the areas of agriculture, health, water and sanitation, social protection, education and gender equality.

Hunger map

The report was released by International Food Policy Research Institute, Welthungerhilfe and Concern Worldwide.

It shows that about 805 million people are chronically malnourished. You can use this map to explore the data behind the report.

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