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2B Suffer From ‘Hidden Hunger,’ New Global Hunger Index Report Says

News outlets provide coverage on the new Global Health Index report from the International Food Policy Research Institute.

Agence France-Presse: ‘Hidden hunger,’ often overshadowed but devastating: report
“A major international research group rang alarm bells Monday over the scourge of hidden hunger, also known as vitamin and mineral deficiencies, which affects over two billion people with often devastating consequences. In its Global Hunger Index report, which identified 16 countries with ‘extremely alarming’ or ‘alarming’ hunger levels, the International Food Policy Research Institute also stressed the challenge of fighting the often overshadowed form of malnutrition that occurs when people do not absorb enough nutrients…” (Barriaux, 10/13).

EurActiv: Report: 2 billion worldwide suffer from ‘hidden’ hunger
“The number of people suffering from hunger worldwide is not decreasing fast enough, says the latest Global Hunger Index (GHI) report published on Monday (13 October)…” (Tost, 10/14).

The Guardian: ‘Hidden hunger’ affects 2 billion despite better access to food
“More than two billion people are malnourished because they do not receive enough nutrition from the food they eat, even though access to food has improved substantially over the past two decades. Widespread consumption of poor-quality food leads to ‘hidden hunger,’ which ravages economies and worsens poverty, according to the 2014 Global Hunger Index (GHI), released on Monday by the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI), Welthungerhilfe, and Concern Worldwide…” (Anderson, 10/13).

Reuters: Burundi, Eritrea, East Timor top global hunger index
“Sixteen countries have alarming levels of hunger, with Burundi the worst affected, according to an annual index released on Monday which also reveals that two billion people worldwide suffer from ‘hidden hunger.’ Hidden hunger, which is a lack of vitamins and minerals, weakens the immune system, stunts physical and intellectual growth, and can lead to death…” (Guilbert, 10/13).

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