Scaling Up Nutrition Movement April 2013


The Institute of Development Studies (IDS) published its Hunger and Nutrition Commitment Index (HANCI) which ranks governments on their political commitment to tackling hunger and undernutrition.

There are many reasons for insufficient progress in reducing hunger and undernutrition. One of these is a “lack of political will” or political prioritization. Strong and high level political commitment is essential to prioritize the fight against hunger and undernutrition. HANCI measures political commitment to reducing hunger and undernutrition, among both developing and developed countries.

HANCI compares and ranks the performance of 45 developing countries including Bangladesh based on 22 indicators of political commitment. The indicators are split between indicators of commitment to hunger reduction (10 indicators) and indicators relating to commitment to addressing undernutrition (12 indicators).

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