A staggering 2 billion people do not get enough essential vitamins and minerals from the foods they eat and as a result, remain undernourished, according to the 2014 Global Hunger Index (GHI), which will be launched on October 13. This “hidden hunger”—the focus of this year’s report essay—is often hard to detect, but potentially devastating, not just to people’s health, but also to the economies of developing countries.
In addition to addressing hidden hunger, the GHI assesses the state of world hunger and identifies the countries and regions where hunger and malnutrition are most severe. It provides a ranking of countries according to levels of hunger calculated with data from three indicators: the proportion of people who are undernourished, the proportion of children under five who are underweight, and the mortality rate of children younger than age five. Country comparisons allow users to see which countries have improved or worsened vis-à-vis others in terms of reducing levels of hunger.
Released in advance of World Food Day (October 16) for the ninth year, the report is published by the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI), Welthungerhilfe, and Concern Worldwide.
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