The launching event, which was held on December 17, 2019 at Sapphire Hotel (Addis Ababa) with support from BMZ, Federal Ministry of Economic Cooperation and Development of Germany, brought together a total of sixty-five participants drawn from policy makers as well as development experts and practitioners from governmental and non-governmental organizations. The event also attracted the attention of some of the major print and electronic media in the country including The Reporter, The Ethiopian Herald, Capital, Walta information centre, EBS TV, Deutche Welle (DW), Ahadu FM radio and Afro 105 FM.

The launching event was graced by high-level government representation including H.E. Dr. Kaba Urgessa, State Minister of Agriculture, H.E. Professor Fekadu Beyene, Commissioner of the Ethiopian Environment, Forest and Climate Change Commission, and H.E. Jima Dilbo, General Director of the Agency of Civil Society Organizations.

What is the GHI?

The Global Hunger Index (GHI) is a tool that measures and tracks hunger globally, by region, and by country. The GHI is calculated annually, and its results appear in a report issued in October each year. The 2019 GHI report is the fourteenth annual publication of the Global Hunger Index (GHI). The report is designed to raise awareness and understanding of the struggle against hunger, provide a way to compare levels of hunger between countries and regions, and call attention to those areas of the world where hunger levels are highest and where the need for additional efforts to eliminate hunger is greatest.

The 2019 theme of the GHI is The Challenge of Hunger and Climate Change, which is an increasingly relevant threat to the world’s hungry and vulnerable population. The report focuses on the impact of climate change and hunger.

Read more on the meeting report here.