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2014 Global Hunger Index Released

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.

Robynne Anderson

Robynne has extensive experience in the agriculture and food sector, working throughout the value chain – from basic inputs to farmers in the field to the grocery store shelf. She works internationally in the sector, including speaking at the United Nations on agriculture and food issues, and representing the International Agri-Food Network at the UN.Throughout her career she has worked with farm organisations like the Prairie Oat Growers Association, the National Smallholder Farmers Association of Malawi and the Himalayan Farmers Association, as well as global groups, to further the voice of agriculture in the food debate. She has also worked with Fortune 500 companies growing worldwide businesses to assist them with issues management and strategy decisions.

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