Tuesday, July 31, 2012

2011 Global Hunger Index Published by IFPRI

In 2011, the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) published alarming data that ranks countries around the world with degree of severity in terms of hunger. The ranking is done using a  Hunger Index that is based on data from three equally weighted categories: 1. proportion of the country that is considered undernourished (insufficient caloric/ energy intake); 2. prevalence of children 5 years of age and under that are low weight for their age; 3. mortality rate for children 5 years of age and under. The Index is ranked from 0 (the best score) to 100 (the worst score), however, a score above 30 is considered extremely alarming and a score between 20-29.9 is considered alarming. Haiti falls within the top 10 countries for Global Hunger Severity with a Index score of 28.2 (falling near the severely extreme index). This number remains even more alarming when you take into account that Haiti is only a 90 minute flight from Florida. Haiti is closer to the "Mainland" than one of our own 50 states, Hawaii! For more information and reports about the Global Hunger Index click the link: http://www.ifpri.org/publication/2011-global-hunger-index.


According IFPRI, in 2011 a little less than 60% of Haiti's population was considered undernourished. This number is "the proportion of undernourished as a percentage of the population (reflecting the share of the population with insufficient dietary energy intake)" (Direct definition taken from the IFPRI).

Click the interactive map below to explore nutrition data for other countries.

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