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Live Webcast, October 18, Offers Insights into Global Hunger Index


For eight consecutive years, the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI), Concern Worldwide, and Welthungerhilfe have calculated and published the Global Hunger Index (GHI), a multidimensional research tool that measures food insecurity around the world.


This Friday, October 18, contributing organizations invite viewers to join a live webinar from 12:15 to 1:45 EDT to participate in the launching of the 2013 GHI. 


According to Derek Headey, 2013 GHI co-author, the index is based on three indicators: infant mortality, child underweight prevalence and the United Nations Food and Agricultural Organization’s (FAO’s) measure of hunger prevalence. Derek adds that the theme for this year’s GHI focuses on resilience: “Resilience literally means to bounce back. It’s had a lot of popularity in the ecology literature… We’re expanding the definition so that it not only means bouncing back; it could also mean adapting... and transformative capacity.”


Authors of the GHI are calling upon the international community to act in three ways to improve resilience for people affected by hunger: improve the monitoring and measurement of resilience; remove the barriers between relief and development activities; and incorporate resilience-building into development strategies.