Which governments are doing best/worst in the fight against hunger and undernutrition?

Duncan Green - July 3, 2014

The Hunger and Nutrition Commitment Index (HANCI) 2013 measures political commitment to tackling hunger and undernutrition in 45 developing countries. It uses two types of data. Primary data comes from Expert Perception Survey’s (EPS) and provides an in-depth view of six countries in the larger dataset (Bangladesh, Malawi, Zambia, Nepal, Tanzania and India). The secondary data analyses 45 countries across 22 indicators analysing political commitment …

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20 million food parcels (and counting): what explains rising food poverty in the UK?

Duncan Green - June 9, 2014

Oxfam works on poverty in the UK as well as elsewhere, and is pretty alarmed at what it is facing there. Here Krisnah Poinasamy, Economic Justice Policy Adviser for our UK programme, introduces a new report on hunger in the UK. Today, Oxfam and its partners released Below The Breadline, a shocking report, which estimates that 20 million meals were given out by three main …

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Should India be sending a rocket to Mars when 40% of children are malnourished? Vote now.

admin - November 5, 2013

We interrupt complexity week with a quick question – what do you think about India’s Mars space  project? The Indian Space Research Organisation today launches a rocket which it hopes will get to Mars before the Chinese space programme – BRICS in space. Cue lots of outrage – in a country where 40% of children are malnourished and half the population have no toilets, wouldn’t the mission’s …

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Which rich countries are good/bad on hunger and nutrition? A new index takes aim at the donors.

admin - June 5, 2013

A few weeks ago, I wrote about the new Hunger and Nutrition Commitment Index of developing countries. Yesterday, IDS published a second HANCI for the donor countries. The Index assesses governments on both their promises and performance, strokes the good guys and slaps the bad, provides arguments and data for civil society and scrutinizes aid levels. Some of the things I liked: it combines the …

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Do hunger and malnutrition make you want to cry? Time to get your HANCI out

admin - April 11, 2013

Today sees the launch of the Hunger and Nutrition Commitment Index (HANCI), produced by the Institute of Development Studies (IDS) with funding from Irish Aid and DFID. It looks like it could become one of the more useful annual league tables. It may not be seen as a progressive view in the UK, but I’m a big league table fan, especially when they’re combined with …

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Launch of ‘If’ – new megacampaign to tackle global hunger: how does it compare with ‘Make Poverty History’?

admin - January 23, 2013

Sorry for a second post in one day, but the launch of If is a biggie Ah the perils of age – am I becoming one of those annoying old guys who greets every new idea (however excellent) with a weary sigh and ‘we already did/discussed all that back in the 19XXs’? I ask because I have a distinct sense of ‘here we go again’ …

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What’s up (or down) with global hunger?

admin - October 16, 2012

Guest post from Oxfam Research Policy Adviser Richard King (right) Today the UN’s Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) is celebrating World Food Day, and is playing host to the latest Committee on World Food Security meeting. Last week, to warm things up, the FAO, World Food Programme, and International Fund for Agricultural Development launched their joint 2012 ‘State of Food Insecurity in the World’ (SOFI) …

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Climate Change, the Olympics and Hunger: What's the link?

admin - August 11, 2012

This guest post from Tim Gore (right), Oxfam’s climate change policy adviser, explores the parallels between climate change and the Olympics, ahead of tomorrow’s UK-hosted ‘hunger summit’ ‘Faster, higher, stronger’ is not just the motto of athletes competing at the London games, it’s also a pretty accurate description of our weather over the past 12 months. And the similarities don’t end there. In June, the US …

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Big Decisions today on Food Crisis in the Sahel: here’s the background

admin - June 18, 2012

A high level collection of EC and member states officials, UN big cheeses and West African leaders are meeting in Brussels today to discuss the unfolding crisis in the Sahel, where a disaster is looming. Some communities already find themselves in crisis, others see disaster on the horizon as an early lean season approaches and the annual ‘hunger gap’ lengthens. Overall, 18.4 million people are vulnerable …

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Mouthwash or Global Leadership? What the Hunger Summit will tell us about Britain’s commitment to development

admin - June 1, 2012

An edited version of this article appeared on the Guardian’s Poverty Matters website yesterday When it comes to debates about world hunger, mouthwash – more fragrant PR than finding long-term solutions to feeding the planet without destroying it – is just as much of a problem as the greenwash the abounds in environmental fora.  And the Listerine test will be ready and waiting for recently-announced …

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