A world of hunger

As reported in the Irish Times today, the International Food Policy Research Institute have released the 2010 Global Hunger Index, which provides information on the rate of hunger in 122 developing and transition countries for which data are available. According to IFPR, “The Index scores countries based on three equally weighted indicators: the proportion of people who are undernourished, the proportion of children under five who are underweight, and the child mortality rate. The biggest contributor to the global score is child undernutrition, which accounts for almost half of the score.”

The data show that levels of hunger  are “extremely alarming” or “alarming” in 29 countries, mostly in Sub-Saharan Africa and South Asia – a truly shocking indictment of the world we are producing.

You can play around with some of the data using a Google map at the following site:

http://www.ifpri.org/ifprimaps/index.php/ghi/v2010

Below, Klaus von Grebmer, one author of the Index, discusses some of hunger’s impacts:

As he says, the data show that “there’s still reasons to be ashamed”: we needn’t have hunger in today’s world.

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