The International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI), Welthungerhilfe, and Concern Worldwide, have released The 2014 Global Hunger Index (GHI), an examination of levels of hunger in 120 developing countries and countries in transition and scores them based on three equally weight ed indicators: the proportion of people who are undernourished, the proportion of children under five who are underweight, and the mortality rate of children under five.
According to the report, 2 billion people get so little essential vitamins and minerals from the foods they eat that they remain undernourished. This “hidden hunger”—the focus of the report’s
main essay—is often hard to detect, but is potentially devastating. Hidden hunger weaken s the immune system, stunts physical and intellectual growth, and can lead to death. It wreaks economic havoc as well, locking countries into cycles of poor nutrition, lost productivity, poverty, and reduced economic growth.
Read the full report and other 2014 GHI information on the International Food Policy Research Institute website.