On November 15th the Global Hunger Index (GHI) 2022 was launched at the European Parliament in Brussels.
The GHI is an annual report elaborated by two Alliance2015 members, Concern Worldwide and Welthungerhilfe, that measures global hunger and highlights areas for action. The report was first published in 2006, and since then it has tracked the global trends in food and nutrition. Although hunger has been on decline since the beginning of the report, since 2014 the Global Hunger Index has observed a halt in the progress against food insecurity. The COVID-19 pandemic, climate change-related disasters and conflict have been named as the main factors that trigger undernourishment across the world.
The GHI Launch event was hosted by Members of the European Parliament Pierette Herzberger-Fofana and Barry Andrews and included a discussion panel with civil society perspectives from Kenya and Niger and representatives of the European Commission and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Czech Republic.
This year’s report has focused on local governance as a key to a sustainable solution to hunger. Rakia Camara, Representative of the Plateforme Paysanne du Niger, addressed the panel advising the EU to invest more in grassroot organizations: “We need an increase of investment in local organization and municipalities. I recommend the EU to invest more in organizations that are helping local small farmers to strengthen local food systems.”
I recommend the EU to invest more in organizations that are helping local small farmers to strengthen local food systems.Rakia Camara, Representative of the Plateforme Paysanne du Niger
In the same line, the role of Civil Society in the defense of the right to food was also raised by the panelists: “The strengthening of civil society is useful to hold our governments accountable, to ensure that all the resources that come from donations and the EU are efficiently put in place and used to the most vulnerable people in Kenya,” said Stella Kimani, Nutrition Advisor for Welthungerhilfe Kenya.
Discover more about the GHI findings.
Check the whole report on the official website: globalhungerindex.org