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Global Hunger Index 2010

The 2010 Global Hunger Index report was published today. It reveals that the the 1,000 days between pregnancy and a child's second birthday are critical to tackling global hunger.

According to the report, malnutrition among children under two years of age is one of the biggest challenges to reducing global hunger. It can cause lifelong harm to health, productivity and earning potential. This year’s report also finds that 29 countries, primarily in sub-Saharan Africa and south Asia, have levels of hunger that are “extremely alarming” or “alarming.”

International co-operation

The report was published by Concern Worldwide, the International Food Policy Research Institute, headquartered in Washington and German development agency Welthungerhilfe.

>> View the full Global Hunger Index report (pdf file)

1,000 days

The findings of the Global Hunger Index reiterate the message of the “1,000 days: change a life, change a future” event held during the UN Millennium Development Goals summit in New York three weeks ago. Concern Worldwide’s CEO Tom Arnold explained these findings:

Once a child passes the age of two, the negative effects of under-nutrition are largely irreversible…This report is a further contribution to our understanding of the challenges and the solutions to the scourge of world hunger. It sets out clear recommendations to inform and encourage the international community to take decisive action. 

Our hope is that those recommendations are now acted upon. Those suffering hunger on a daily basis deserve no less.

World map

Using the information from the report, IFPRI have created this interactive map, below. Use it to find out more about the countries mentioned in the report.