The key findings of the 2014 Hunger and Nutrition Commitment Index are:
- Peru secures the number one position on the HANCI by unseating Guatemala, which was number one in 2012 and 2013.
- Sustaining and accelerating India’s growing political commitment will be key to tackling disproportionate numbers of undernourished children.
- Guinea-Bissau, Sudan and Angola are at the bottom of the rankings.
Competition for HANCI’s top spot is very tight. In HANCI 2012 Guatemala’s scores were substantially higher than those of the other top five countries. This gap declined in HANCI 2013 and Peru has now overtaken Guatemala.
Worryingly, countries that were at the bottom of the HANCI 2013 ranking continue to languish at the bottom in 2014, despite modest progress on selected indicators; for example, Guinea-Bissau, Sudan and Angola.
Political commitment is faltering in Nigeria, Africa’s most populous nation and biggest economy.
Some low-ranked countries demonstrate a clear improvement in commitment (relative to others). In addition to South Africa, Côte d’Ivoire and Cameroon, DR Congo, Mali, Kenya and Philippines moved up five or more HANCI ranks in 2014. In all of these cases, this is underpinned by absolute improvements on at least five indicators.
In addition to the Global HANCI, the first African country index is coming soon. You can register to receive project updates on our contact page.