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Global Hunger Index 2011

The 2011 Global Hunger Index report was published today. The report focuses on the impact of rising food prices on the lives of the world’s poorest people. 

The report is called “The Challenge of Hunger: Taming Price Spikes and Excessive Food Price Volatility.” It is being released in advance of World Food Day for the sixth year by the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI), Welthungerhilfe and Concern Worldwide.

To launch the report, there will be events taking place in Washington, Berlin, Brussels, London, Des Moins, Paris, Nairobi, Milan and Dushanbe.

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The heaviest burden

Klaus von Grebmer, lead author of the report and IFPRI communications director, said:   

The poorest and most vulnerable people bear the heaviest burden when food prices spike or swing unpredictably. This report calls for action on several fronts to build resilience and mitigate the effects of volatility, particularly in countries where hunger is most severe.

Hunger levels

The Global Hunger Index identifies the areas around the world where the hunger levels are most severe. According to this year’s report, 26 countries have levels of hunger that are “alarming or extremely alarming.” All those with extremely alarming levels – Burundi, Chad, the Democratic Republic of Congo, and Eritrea – are in Sub-Saharan Africa. Take a look at the interactive map below.

East Africa crisis

The current crisis in east Africa highlights the vulnerability of millions of poor people around the world to weather and other shocks. It also highlights the need to address the root causes of hunger. 

Action needed

To tame food price volatility and protect the poor against future shocks, action is urgently needed. Klaus von Grebmer said:

We already know a great deal about how to reduce vulnerability and effectively tackle poverty and hunger. Now is the time to apply this knowledge so that everyone, everywhere, has access to sufficient, safe, and nutritious food at all times so that they can live healthy and productive lives.