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13.10.2022 | Press Release

Global Hunger Index: Hunger Crises Turn Into Catastrophes

Welthungerhilfe presents the 2022 Global Hunger Index. Progress in in the fight against hunger is being destroyed.

A group of women in South Sudan.
Global Hunger Index 2022: Progress inin the fight against hunger is being destroyed. Armed conflicts, climate change, and the coronavirus pandemic are intensifying each other; as a result, up to 828 million people were forced to go hungry in 2021. © Welthungerhilfe

Bonn/Berlin, 13 October 2022. The world faces a major setback in its efforts to end hunger as the war in Ukraine intensifies a number of different hunger crises. The current edition of the Global Hunger Index reveals that armed conflicts, climate change, and the coronavirus pandemic are intensifying each other; as a result, up to 828 million people were forced to go hungry in 2021. The situation is especially dire at the Horn of Africa, which is in the grip of the worst drought in four decades. In some parts of Somalia, people are already experiencing a deadly famine. The new report assesses the nutritional situation in 129 countries. As things stand, 46 countries will not even achieve a low level of hunger by 2030, much less eliminate hunger entirely. Africa South of the Sahara and South Asia are once again the regions with the highest rates of hunger.

“Due to a toxic mix of armed conflicts, the climate crisis, and the COVID-19 pandemic, millions of people were already facing enormous price increases for food, even before the war in Ukraine. This war is now making a bad situation worse, and hunger crises throughout the world are increasingly taking on catastrophic proportions. We must respond to these humanitarian crises quickly, making resources available more flexibly and in greater quantities while increasing investment in the transformation of food systems,” urges Marlehn Thieme, the chair of the board of Welthungerhilfe.

Cover page of the 2022 Global Hunger Index Global Hunger Index 2022

Report, synopsis, map: All documents can be downloaded here in English, Spanish and French.

This year’s Global Hunger Index shows how important it is to make food systems fair, sustainable, and resilient to crises. A key aspect is the involvement of local stakeholders in national nutrition politics. “The right to food must play a key role in the transformation of the food systems. It is crucial for local civil-society organisations to be able to monitor relevant governmental bodies and to demand improvements. Only when communities and farmers with their local knowledge and specific needs are part of the decision-making process can sustainable solutions for ending hunger be found,” underlines Mathias Mogge, the secretary general of Welthungerhilfe.

Welthungerhilfe turns 60 this year. It is one of the largest private aid organizations in Germany; politically independent and non-denominational. With courage and determination, it is striving for a world without hunger. Since it was founded on December 14, in 1962, 10,895 overseas projects in about 70 countries have been supported with 4.46 billion euros. Welthungerhilfe works on the principle of help for self-help: from fast disaster relief to reconstruction and long-term development cooperation projects with national and international partner organisations.

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Madachir Kadir displays an onion harvested from the kitchen garden near his community of Tahoua, Niger. People's local setting - whether village, district, or municipality - remains the main level at which food systems governance and food policies affect them most directly. © Ed Ram/Concern Worldwide
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In the village of Subo, Kenya, Mumina Mohamed has learned how to use climate-friendly farming techniques to increase her yields of maize, mung beans and cowpeas. With the increased harvests, she is able to provide her children with three meals a day and pay their school fees. © Lisa Murray/Concern Worldwide
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In Paroha, Rautahat District, Nepal, women participate in nutrition training as part of the Nutrition Smart Villages program. The program seeks to leverage agriculture and other sectors for better nutrition, working with and empowering community-based institutions. © Opladen/Welthungerhilfe
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In Herat, Afghanistan, a woman gathers saffron. She is a member of the cooperative Socio-Agricultural Women of Pashtoon Zarghoon District, which works with its local partner, the Rehabilitation Association and and Agriculture Development for Afghanistan. The women in the cooperative grow high-quality saffron, which they sell to help support their households. © Tsouko/Welthungerhilfe
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Daughter of a pastoralist family in the Afar region, Ethiopia. Parts of East Africa are currently experiencing one of the worst droughts in 40 years. In Ethiopia alone, some 24.1 million people are affected. Water reserves are almost exhausted. Time and again, droughts in Ethiopia lead to crop failures and livestock deaths. One cause of the increasing weather extremes is climate change. © Welthungerhilfe
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People in Kenya are also affected by the drought: Here, a woman fetches water from a hand-dug well in a dry riverbed. Around 4.4 million people are in a food crisis due to the drought, and 884,500 children are acutely malnourished and need treatment. © Jonas Wresch/Welthungerhilfe
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Many pastoralists have lost parts of their herds - as well as Lucy Kele. She stands next to the carcasses of her goats. Over 30 of her goats and sheep and 6 of her camels have died due to the drought. © Welthungerhilfe
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Child poverty in Afghanistan. Farzanah, 7, stands outside her Kabul home. She and her family live in abject poverty. Welthungerhilfe has been active in Afghanistan since 1980. © Glinski/Welthungerhilfe
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A man at a food distribution in Afghanistan. Since the Taliban took power, the humanitarian situation has worsened massively. © Hamdard/Welthungerhilfe
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Global Hunger Index 2022: The analyzed countries can be sorted into categories depending on whether the hunger situation is extremely alarming, alarming, serious, moderate or low. © Welthungerhilfe
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Indice de la faim dans le monde 2022: les pays analysés peuvent être classés en catégories selon que la situation de la faim est extrêmement alarmante, alarmante, grave, modérée ou faible. © Welthungerhilfe
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Global Hunger Index 2022 score by region: The hunger situation is worst in South Asia and Africa south of the Sahara. © Welthungerhilfe
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Score de l'indice de la faim dans le monde 2022 par région: La situation de la faim est la plus grave en Asie du Sud et en Afrique au sud du Sahara. © Welthungerhilfe
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How must governments act now? © Welthungerhilfe
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Comment les gouvernements doivent-ils agir maintenant? © Welthungerhilfe
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