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Key findings

The HANCI-Global 2019 compares rankings and results with the previous issue of the HANCI-Global index for 2017. Key findings concern:

  • South Africa is the new top ranking in HANCI-Global 2019. It takes the lead knocking Guatemala of the top spot. Guatemala dropped to 4th, as Brazil and Peru share the second spot.
  • South Africa incrementally improved its scores on seven out of 22 indicators: access to water and sanitation, women’s access to land, birth registration and Vitamin A supplementation rates, as well as policy coordination for nutrition strengthened. Its health spending however declined somewhat.
  • Brazil too enhanced its scores on seven indicators. It saw increased health spending, better tenure security and agricultural extension services, access to water and sanitation; but women’s access to land and to ante natal care, as well as agricultural spending deteriorated.
  • Peru improved on ten out of 22 indicators, with higher spending on health and agriculture, improved security of tenure and agricultural extension services, and social protection systems, and women’s economic rights and access to land.

Fastest ‘risers and tumblers’:

  • Benin was the fastest riser in the set, improving by 13 ranks. It strengthened health and agricultural spending and worked towards a nutrition budget line. Security of tenure improved, as did access to water and sanitation. While women’s access to land improved, their general economic rights declined, and significantly fewer children received Vitamin A supplementation.
  • Sierra Leone, and Viet Nam also did relatively well, forging ahead respectively by 11 and 8 ranks.
  • Senegal tumbled by 12 spots, while India and Pakistan both dropped 9 ranks.
  • Senegal saw reductions in health and agriculture spending, reduced security of tenure and weaker agricultural extension services. However, it improved social protection systems, water and sanitation, and outcomes on Vitamin A supplementation and birth registration rates, yet the extent to which the International Code for Marketing of Breastmilk Substitutes is enshrined in law weakened.

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The full referenced dataset used to calculate HANCI-Global 2019 is available to download as an excel spreadsheet.

Key findings

The HANCI-Global 2017 compares rankings and results with the previous issue of the HANCI-Global index for 2014. Key findings concern:

Latin America leads

Guatemala leads the HANCI-Global 2017, leapfrogging Malawi and Peru. The top three is now entirely comprised of Latin American countries, with Brazil moving up to second rank overall.

Guatemala has strengthened its nutrition commitment sub-index performance. This was achieved by publishing a nationally representative survey on nutrition (in 2015) – filling a decade old lacuna; and by giving greater attention to nutrition in national multi-year development policy (Política General de Gobierno 2016 – 2020). Peru, despite dropping two ranks, performed strongly. Like Brazil, it strengthened efforts on six HANCI indicators.

Malawi, ranked 2nd in HANCI-Global 2014, has dropped to 7th. Its health spending and its coverage of children with Vitamin A supplementation declined strongly, while nutrition is given less emphasis in new national development policy (Malawi Growth and Development Strategy III). South Africa is now the leading African nation on the index (4th overall).

Fast ‘climbers and tumblers’

Pakistan (+21) and Tanzania (+10) both achieved notably stronger rankings on NCI, and improvements in HRCI rankings too. Pakistan’s rise is explained by significantly enhanced sanitation coverage, by introducing a nutrition specific budget and specific nutrition targets in policy. Tanzania has strengthened performance on eight indicators since HANCI 2014. China and Mauritania also climbed 9 ranks in the index.

Liberia (-12) dropped to the bottom of the table, where it is accompanied by war-torn Yemen and Guinea-Bissau. Liberia’s descend reflected a significant drop in health spending and reduced Vitamin A coverage rates. Its constitutional right to food weakened. In addition, nutrition policy lacked a stakeholder coordination mechanisms and up to date evidence from surveys representative at the national level. Benin and Viet Nam dropped 9 ranks on the index since HANCI 2014.


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Download the data

The full referenced dataset used to calculate HANCI-Global 2017 is available to download as an excel spreadsheet.

Key findings

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-BissauSudan 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-BissauSudan and Angola.

South AfricaCôte d’Ivoire and Cameroon show the biggest upward leaps in HANCI rankings, Tanzania the sharpest drop.

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 AfricaCôte d’Ivoire and CameroonDR CongoMaliKenya 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. 

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Download the data

The full referenced dataset used to calculate HANCI-Global 2014 is available to download as an excel spreadsheet (xlsx, 38KB).


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Key findings

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.

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The HANCI 2013 Infographic

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You can also download a visual representation of the 2013 HANCI data.


Country Scorecards

  • Afghanistan [EN]
  • Bangladesh [EN]
  • Brazil [EN]
  • Ethiopia [EN]
  • Malawi [EN]
  • Mozambique [EN]
  • Nigeria [EN]
  • Nepal [EN]
  • Tanzania [EN]
  • Zambia [EN]

Download the data

The full referenced dataset used to calculate HANCI-Global 2013 is available to download as an excel spreadsheet (XLSX 34KB).


The HANCI 2013 Donor Report

The HANCI project also produces an index to determine overall political commitment of donor countries to tackling hunger and undernutrition. This considers factors such as the amount of aid given for agriculture, food security and nutrition and policies and treaties that could impact on hunger and nutrition levels in poor countries.

In 2012 HANCI ranked the UK with the highest overall score out of 23 OECD members despite its overseas aid spending on nutrition programmes accounting for a lower proportion of its wealth than countries like Denmark and Canada.

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The HANCI 2013 Donor Report Infographic

 

HANCI-Donor-Index-2013-Infographic-logo Download the 2013 Donor Report infographic

You can also download a visual representation of the 2013 HANCI Donor data.

HANCI 2012 for developing countries

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  • Afghanistan [EN]
  • Bangladesh [EN]
  • Ethiopia [EN]
  • Malawi [EN]
  • Mozambique[EN]
  • Tanzania [EN]

HANCI 2012 donor country index

 

Related research documents

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.