October 12, 2015 12:06

Reducing Armed Conflict and Extreme Poverty Key to Ending Hunger

GHI 2015: 52 of 117 countries have levels of hunger that are serious or alarming

According to the new report, the countries with highest 2015 Global Hunger Index scores tend to be those actively or recently engaged in war and/or conflict.

The 2015 Global Hunger Index (GHI) - the annual ranking by the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI), Concern Worldwide and Welthungerhilfe of hunger levels across 117 countries - has been launched today.

The report reveals that despite a 27 percent decrease in hunger scores among developing countries, hunger levels in 52 of 117 countries in the 2015 Global Hunger Index remain "serious" (44 countries) or "alarming" (8 countries). Furthermore, 795 million people (about 1 in 9 in the world) are still chronically undernourished, and more than 1 in 4 children are affected by stunting.

This year marks the tenth anniversary of GHI. To share this year's findings and generate debate on "armed conflict and the challenge of hunger", several events are being organised over the coming weeks, starting with today's international launch of the report at Expo Milano 2015 as part of an Alliance2015 Roundtable titled "European Leadership on Hunger from 2015 to 2030".

To get more information about and access the report please visit IFPRI's website.