Quotation Cooper, Matthew, Müller, Benjamin, Cafiero, Carlo, Laso Bayas, Juan Carlos, Crespo Cuaresma, Jesus, Kharas, Homi. 2021. Monitoring and projecting global hunger: Are we on track? Global Food Security. 30 100568




This paper presents the first global picture of food security at a subnational level based on the Food Insecurity Experience Scale, the indicator for the Sustainable Development Goal of “Zero Hunger” that is most indicative of the individual’s lived experience of food insecurity and hunger. Using microdata from 75 countries and filling gaps using machine learning, we find significant heterogeneity in levels of food insecurity around the world. Examining global temporal trends and accounting for the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic, we find that rates of severe food insecurity are declining, resulting in global decreases in the total number of severely food insecure people. However, the total number of moderately food insecure people has been increasing and, after recovering from the shock of the COVID-19 pandemic, we predict it will continue to increase through the end of the 2020s. Overall, we conclude that current trends in development and demographic change will still leave a large share of the world’s population still experiencing hunger by 2030.


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Status of publication Published
Affiliation WU
Type of publication Journal article
Journal Global Food Security
Citation Index SCI
Language English
Title Monitoring and projecting global hunger: Are we on track?
Volume 30
Year 2021
Page from 100568
Reviewed? Y
URL https://api.elsevier.com/content/article/PII:S2211912421000766?httpAccept=text/xml
DOI http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.gfs.2021.100568
Open Access N


Müller, Benjamin (Former researcher)
Crespo Cuaresma, Jesus (Details)
Cafiero, Carlo (Statistics Division, Food and Agricultural Organization of the United Nations, Italy)
Cooper, Matthew (T.H. Chan School ofPublic Health, Harvard University, United States/USA)
Kharas, Homi (The Brookings Institution, United States/USA)
Laso Bayas, Juan Carlos (The World Data Lab, Austria)
Department of Economics (Crespo Cuaresma) (Details)
Competence Center for Sustainability Transformation and Responsibility WE (Details)
Research Institute for Cryptoeconomics FI (Details)
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