On 16 October – World Food Day – Alliance2015 partners Concern Worldwide and Welthungerhilfe, along with the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI), will launch the 2013 Global Hunger Index (GHI). The GHI calls for greater resilience-building efforts to boost food and nutrition security.
In 2010–2012, about 870 million people, or 1 in 8 people worldwide, were still chronically undernourished (FAO 2012). While the world has made some progress in reducing hunger since 1990, we are not on track to meet the Millennium Development Goal of halving the proportion of hungry people by 2015.
The Global Hunger Index is designed to measure and track hunger globally and by region and country. Calculated each year it highlights successes and failures in hunger reduction, provides insights into the drivers of hunger, and makes policy recommendations on how to improve food and nutrition security.
The 2013 Index indicates that global hunger is decreasing; the 2013 world GHI score has fallen by 34 percent from the 1990 GHI score. Yet world hunger still remains “serious,” with 19 countries suffering from levels of hunger that are either “alarming” or “extremely alarming.” South Asia has the highest regional GHI score, followed by Africa south of the Sahara while Burundi, Eritrea and Comoros have the highest levels of hunger.
The launch of the GHI is part of a new Alliance2015 initiative co-funded by the European Union to build more effective cooperation between Alliance2015 members and EU institutions towards and beyond the achievement of Millennium Development Goals 1 and 2. Alliance2015 strives towards a global development agenda that has a rights based approach, gender and sustainability at its core.
Hivos and Alliance2015
In 2000, Hivos was one of the founders of Alliance2015, its principal strategic partnership in Europe. The network has activities in 70 countries and takes its name from the UN Millennium Development Goals, which need to be achieved by 2015.