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.
The full referenced dataset used to calculate the 2014 HANCI Index is available to download as an excel spreadsheet (xlsx, 38KB).
The key findings of the 2013 Hunger and Nutrition Commitment Index are:
- Guatemala claims top spot for the 2nd year in a row, however competition is heating up
- Some low ranked countries are demonstrating a clear improvement in commitment but others appear to be going backwards
- Guinea Bissau, Sudan and Myanmar languish at the bottom of the rankings
Guatemala claims top spot for the 2nd year in a row, however competition for HANCI’s top spot it heating up. In the HANCI 2013, Guatemala is closely followed by Peru. The gap between Guatemala (2012 HANCI leader) and the other top countries has declined. Guatemala’s ‘rivals’ showed net improvements across all indicators, whereas Guatemala saw a weaker absolute performance.
Some low ranked countries are demonstrating a clear improvement in commitment. Afghanistan, Angola, Burundi, Liberia and Myanmar are all showing improvements. They have made progress on a variety of indicators (although there are some indicators on which they have not improved).
Guinea Bissau, Sudan and Myanmar languish at the bottom of the rankings and are demonstrating a decline in relative commitment compared to last year. These countries are increasingly getting left behind.
This polarisation in the lower regions of the index is a cause for concern.
HANCI reports separately for developing countries and donor countries. The 2013 donor country index is coming soon. You can register to receive project updates on our contact page.
- Download the 2013 Data as an Excel spreadsheet (XLSX 34KB)
The HANCI 2013 Infographic
You can also download a visual representation of the 2013 HANCI data.
- Burkina Faso
- Côte d'Ivoire
- Guinea Bissau
- Sierra Leone
- South Africa
HANCI 2012 for developing countries
- Download the full 2012 HANCI report (PDF 3MB)
- 2012 indicators and data sources (also an annex of the full HANCI report).
- The 2012 data itself is available as a Excel spreadsheet file (XLSX 554KB)
- 2012 HANCI Infographic
HANCI 2012 donor country index
Related research documents
- te Lintelo, D.J.H; Lakshman R.W.D (2015) Equate and Conflate: Political Commitment to Hunger and Undernutrition Reduction in Five High-Burden Countries. World Development, Volume 76, December 2015, Pages 280–292
- te Lintelo, D. ; Haddad, L; Leavy, J.;Lakshman R. (2014) Measuring the commitment to reduce hunger: A hunger reduction commitment index
- Gillespie, S. ; Haddad L.; Mannar V.; Menon, P.; Nisbett, N.; the Maternal and Child Nutrition Study Group (2013) The politics of reducing malnutrition: building commitment and accelerating progress. Lancet series Maternal and Child Nutrition, June 2013
- Haddad, L. (2013) How Can We Build an Enabling Political Environment to Fight Undernutriton? The European Journal of Development Research, 2013, vol. 25, issue 1, June 2013
- Pangaribowo, E. H.; Gerber, N.; Torero, M. (2013) Food and Nutrition Security Indicators: A Review FOODSECURE Working Paper 05, February 2013
- te Lintelo, D.J.H. (2012)Measuring Political Commitment to Reducing Hunger and Under-nutrition: Can it be Done and Will it Help? in IDS Bulletin, Special Issue: Standing on the Threshold: Food Justice in India, Volume 43, Issue Supplement s1, pages 65–73, July 2012
- Masset, E. (2011) A review of hunger indices and methods to monitor country commitment to fighting hunger. Food Policy, Volume 36, Supplement 1, January 2011
HANCI was preceded by a 2 year project to develop a pilot Hunger Reduction Commitment Index which has informed the development of the current HANCI index. Some of the documentation produced as part of that process may be of interest and is listed below.