“This report shows that multiple countries have higher hunger levels now than in 2010, and approximately 45 countries are set to fail to achieve low levels of hunger by 2030,” he said. “Conflict, inequality, and the effects of climate change have all contributed to persistently high levels of hunger and food insecurity around the world.”
This year’s report focuses on climate change -- an increasingly relevant threat to the world’s hungry and vulnerable people that requires immediate action. The report calls for increased efforts in response to extreme climatic events, violent conflicts and economic slowdowns which continue to drive hunger in many parts of the world.
In her foreword to the report, former President of Ireland Mary Robinson said the report provided a timely illustration of how climate breakdown disrupts food systems “jeopardising one of the most fundamental rights we all share as human beings – the right to adequate and sufficient food.”
“With the number of hungry people rising from 785 million in 2015 to 822 million in 2018, we can no longer afford to regard the 2030 Agenda and the Paris Climate Agreement as voluntary and a matter for each member state to decide on its own. Instead, the full implementation of both has become imperative in order to secure a liveable world for our children and grandchildren. This requires a change of mind-set at the global political level,” Mrs Robinson said.
Since the early 1990s, the number of extreme weather-related disasters, such as storms, droughts, fires and floods, have doubled, reducing yields of major crops, contributing to food price hikes and income losses. These disasters have disproportionately harmed those on low incomes and reduced their access to food.
The report includes a number of policy recommendations addressing: prioritising resilience and adaptation among the most vulnerable groups and regions; better preparation for and response to disasters; the transformation of food systems and addressing of inequalities; action to mitigate climate change without compromising food and nutrition security; and the commitment to fair financing.
The 117 countries featured in the GHI index are scored using a three-step process which uses undernourishment, child wasting, child stunting and child mortality statistics as indicators to calculate a score on a 100-point scale (see Notes to the Editor)
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Notes to the Editor
GHI index scores for countries are produced using a three-step process which draws on statistics for undernourishment, child wasting, child stunting and child mortality to calculate a score on a 100-point scale. Each of the four component indicators are aggregated to calculate the GHI country score. For the formula used see Appendix A of the report. This produces scores on a 100 point GHI Severity Scale, where 0 represents no hunger and 100 is the worst. Countries with scores 9.9 or below are ‘low’; 10 to 19.9 is moderate; 20 to 34.9 is ‘serious’; 35-49.9 is ‘alarming’; and 50 or over is ‘extremely alarming’.