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Global Hunger Index

What do we know about the hunger situation worldwide? Has progress been made or are there any setbacks? Using the Global Hunger Index, the global hunger situation can be calculated and assessed.

Cover of the Global Hunger Index 2018
Global Hunger Index 2018: Forced Migration and Hunger © Welthungerhilfe
Fraser Patterson Team Policy and External Relations

The Global Hunger Index (GHI) allows people to measure various dimensions of hunger and undernutrition. It is intended to increase awareness and understanding of the fight against hunger, and to allow people to compare the level of hunger across countries and regions. The GHI is meant to draw attention to regions of the world where resources are most urgently needed, to end hunger.

Global Hunger Index Website

The latest figures, an interactive map and all past GHI reports.

The countries analysed can be categorised according to whether their hunger level is extremely alarming, alarming, serious, moderate or low. The GHI value is calculated taking four indicators into account. The higher the value, the higher the severity of hunger in the country in question.

The report is published jointly by Welthungerhilfe and the Alliance 2015 partner Concern Worldwide.

The 4 Indicators of the Global Hunger Index
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Report, synopsis, fact sheet: All documents can be downloaded or ordered here.

The latest report shows that progress has been made in the fight against hunger: Hunger levels around the world have fallen by 28 per cent since 2000. However, crises and conflicts have a devastating effect on the nutrition situation in many countries – they are the worst drivers of hunger.

The situation is particularly dramatic in the Central African Republic, where there has been no improvement since 2000. With an “extremely alarming” score, the country comes last in the global index. Six countries – Chad, Haiti, Madagascar, Sierra Leone, Yemen and Zambia – have hunger levels that are “alarming”. In 45 out of the 119 countries listed, the hunger situation is “serious”. 

In some countries, a GHI score could not be calculated due to insufficient data. This includes Syria, a country that has slipped into a spiral of poverty, misery and hunger as a result of the ongoing war. The people there and in all other countries affected by crises urgently need long-term political solutions.

Last Update 11.10.2018

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