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Synopsis of 2014 Global hunger index: The challenge of hidden hunger

Klaus von Grebmer (), Amy Saltzman, Ekin Birol (), Doris Wiesmann, Nilam Prasai, Sandra Yin, Yisehac Yohannes, Purnima Menon, Jennifer Thompson and Andrea Sonntag

No 83, Issue briefs from International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI)

Abstract: The 2014 Global Hunger Index (GHI) report—the ninth in an annual series—presents a multidimensional measure of national, regional, and global hunger. It shows that the world has made progress in reducing hunger since 1990, but still has far to go, with levels of hunger remaining “alarming” or “extremely alarming” in 16 countries. This year’s report focuses on a critical aspect of hunger that is often overlooked: hidden hunger. Also known as micronutrient deficiency, hidden hunger affects more than an estimated 2 billion people globally. The repercussions of these vitamin and mineral deficiencies are both serious and long-lasting. Where hidden hunger has taken root, it not only prevents people from surviving and thriving as productive members of society, it also holds countries back in a cycle of poor nutrition, poor health, lost productivity, persistent poverty, and reduced economic growth.

Keywords: Hunger; food security; Nutrition; Nutrition security; malnutrition; Vitamin deficiencies; Mineral nutrients; undernourishment; Nutritive Value; Underweight; Children; Food availability; Food prices; Micronutrients; Mortality; Natural resources; Poverty; Property rights; Smallholders; Land; Land degradation; Risk; Indicators; Emergency relief; disaster relief; Sustainability; Livelihoods; income; Gross income; Climate change; data; Policies; Agricultural policies; Nutrition policies; Water; waste management; Natural disasters (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2014
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