UK Think Tank Unveils New Hunger Reduction Commitment Index

    Which among donors and developing countries are making the biggest efforts to reduce hunger?

    The U.K.-based think tank Institute of Development Studies and several partner non-governmental organizations have ranked 22 developing countries and 21 donors based on their commitment to reducing hunger. The final ranking is still being peer-reviewed but the initial results are “striking,” Lawrence Haddad, director of IDS, says.

    Dubbed the Hunger Reduction Commitment Index, the ranking assessed the political commitment of these countries’ governments to fight and reduce hunger. It also considered factors such as the scale of hunger and malnutrition in a particular country, a country’s wealth and administrative capacity, and public accountability.

    Of the donor countries included for analysis, Denmark bests others with its efforts to fight hunger, followed by Finland, Ireland and Belgium. Switzerland is at the bottom of the list while the United Kingdom is tied at fifth place with Norway and France. The United States is at 18th place, Haddad shares in his blog.

    Meanwhile, among the developing countries, Malawi is at the top of the index, followed by Guatemala, Brazil and Senegal. Ghana and Ethiopia are tied at fifth place, according to Haddad. At the bottom of the list are Guinea Bissau, Zambia, China, Nepal and Lesotho.

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