16 October 2013

Africa: World Food Day - What Are Governments Doing to End Hunger?

Photo: World Bank
A farmer in Burundi.


To mark World Food Day - when people around the world come together to demand that their governments act to end global hunger - the Institute of Development Studies (IDS) has published country scorecards based on findings from the Hunger and Nutrition Commitment Index (HANCI).

This series of scorecards presents data on government commitment to reduce hunger and undernutrition in developing countries. Political commitment is measured through action in the areas of public spending, policies and laws.

Sadly hunger continues to affect 870 million people globally, almost all of these people live in developing countries where 15% of the population do not get enough food to be healthy and lead an active life. Moreover, malnutrition contributes to 3.1 million deaths of children under five each year - 45% of the global total.

HANCI aims to make the issue of global hunger and undernutrition more transparent by recording, compiling and publishing what governments achieve, and where they fail, in addressing hunger and undernutrition. It is hoped that making this information available and accessible will help citizens hold their governments to account on these vital development issues.

The index is also a tool for policymakers and practitioners both at a national and international level. HANCI shows where political commitment is strongest while other research (such as the Global Hunger Index) tracks and measures rates of hunger and undernutrition. Together these highlight where efforts should be focused and where most impact might be made.

In the podcast above, Prof Lawrence Haddad, Director of IDS, brings together findings from HANCI and the Global Hunger Index and explains the importance of political commitment in addressing hunger and undernutrition.

More country scorecards will be published later in the year.

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