Global Hunger Index

The Global Hunger Index (GHI) is designed to comprehensively measure and track hunger globally and by country and region. Calculated each year by the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI), the GHI highlights successes and failures in hunger reduction and provides insights into the drivers of hunger. By raising awareness and understanding of regional and country differences in hunger, the GHI aims to trigger actions to reduce hunger.

To reflect the multidimensional nature of hunger, the GHI combines the following four component indicators into one index:

  1. Undernourishment: the proportion of undernourished people as a percentage of the population (reflecting the share of the population whose caloric intake is insufficient;
  2. Child wasting: the proportion of children under the age of five who suffer from wasting (that is, low weight for their height, reflecting acute undernutrition);
  3. Child stunting: the proportion of children under the age of five who suffer from stunting (that is, low height for their age, reflecting chronic undernutrition); and
  4. Child mortality: the mortality rate of children under the age of five (partially reflecting the fatal synergy of inadequate nutrition and unhealthy environments).

This year, GHI scores were calculated using a new and improved formula. The revision replaces child underweight, previously the only indicator of child undernutrition, with two indicators of child undernutrition—child wasting and child stunting.

The GHI ranks countries on a 100-point scale. Zero is the best score (no hunger), and 100 is the worst, although neither of these extremes is reached in practice.

GHI Awards

The Global Hunger Index has received many awards. In 2015, it received a gold Fox Finance Award. The jury praised the 2014 report for both its content and design.

  • Fox Finance Award: Gold Award for Global Hunger Index 2014
  • BCP Best of Corporate Publishing 2013: Gold Award for Global Hunger Index 2012
  • BCP Best of Corporate Publishing 2012: Silver Award for Global Hunger Index 2011
  • 2013 ARC Award Gold: The International Competition Honoring Excellence in Annual Reports in Humanitarian Aid Category
  • Mercury Excellence Awards 2011/2012: Grand Winner - Best Annual Reports - Europe
  • Mercury Excellence Awards 2011/2012: Gold Winner - Annual Reports - Overall Presentation - Non-Profit - Human Welfare
  • Mercury Excellence Awards 2010/2011: Grand Winner - Best Annual Reports - Europe
  • Mercury Excellence Awards 2009/2010: Silver Winner - Annual Reports - Overall Presentation - Non-Profit - Human Welfare
  • League of American Communication Professionals: 2010 Vision Awards: Annual Reports Competition: Platinum Award
  • League of American Communication Professionals: 2010/2011 Vision Awards: Top100 Annual Reports Worldwide: 42th place

2015 GHI

Previous GHI Reports

2014 Global Hunger Index
The challenge of hidden hunger

2013 Global Hunger Index
Building resilience to achieve food and nutrition security

2012 Global Hunger Index
Ensuring sustainable food security under land, water, and energy stresses

2011 Global Hunger Index
Taming price spikes and excessive food price volatility

2010 Global Hunger Index
Focus on the crisis of child undernutrition

2009 Global Hunger Index
Focus on financial crisis and gender inequality

2008 Global Hunger Index
The challenge of hunger 2008

2007 Global Hunger Index
The challenge of hunger 2007

2006 Global Hunger Index
Facts, determinants, and trends, Case studies in Afghanistan and Sierra Leone

Related Reports

India State Hunger Index (2008)
Comparisons of hunger across states