Global, regional, and national trends

Klaus von Grebmer, Jill Bernstein, David Nabarro, Nilam Prasai, Shazia Amin, Yisehac Yohannes, Andrea Sonntag, Fraser Patterson, Olive Towey, Jennifer Thompson
global hunger index

The 2016 Global Hunger Index (GHI) demonstrates substantial progress in terms of hunger reduction for the developing world. Whereas the 2000 GHI score for the developing world was 30.0, the 2016 GHI score is 21.3, showing a reduction of 29 percent (Figure 2.1).1 Underlying this improvement are reductions since 2000 in each of the GHI indicators—the prevalence of undernourishment, child stunting (low height for age), child wasting (low weight for height), and child mortality. Yet, as this chapter reveals, there are great disparities in hunger at the regional, national, and subnational levels, and progress has been uneven. To succeed in the Sustainable Development Goal 2 (SDG2) of achieving Zero Hunger while leaving no one behind, it is essential to identify the regions, countries, and populations that are most vulnerable to hunger and undernutrition, and accelerate progress in these areas.