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2011 Global Hunger Index: The Challenge of Hunger: Taming price spikes and excessive food price volatility

Klaus von Grebmer (), Maximo Torero (), Tolulope Olofinbiyi, Heidi Fritschel, Doris Wiesmann, Yisehac Yohannes, Lilly Schofield and Constanze von Oppeln

No 2011 GHI English in IFPRI books from International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI)

Abstract: From the 1990 GHI to the 2011 GHI, 15 countries were able to reduce their scores by 50 percent or more. Nineteen countries moved out of the bottom two categories – “extremely alarming†and “alarming.†In terms of absolute progress, Angola, Bangladesh, Ethiopia, Mozambique, Nicaragua, Niger, and Vietnam saw the largest improvements between the 1990 GHI and the 2011 GHI. Twenty-six countries still have levels of hunger that are extremely alarming or alarming. The countries with extremely alarming 2011 GHI scores – Burundi, Chad, the Democratic Republic of Congo, and Eritrea – are in Sub-Saharan Africa. Most of the countries with alarming GHI scores are in Sub-Saharan Africa and South Asia. Among the six countries in which the hunger situation worsened, the Democratic Republic of Congo stands out. Its GHI score rose by about 63 percent owing to conflict and political instability. (Because of time lags in the availability of data, the 2011 GHI does not reflect the impacts of the 2010–11 food price crisis or the 2011 famine in the Horn of Africa.)

Keywords: Child mortality; Countries in transition; Developing countries; evaluation; Food availability; food crisis; food security; gender inequality; Hunger; Indicators; malnutrition; Malnutrition in children; Poverty; Measuring poverty; Undernutrition; Transitional economies; Food prices; price spikes (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2011
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