The 2012 edition of the FAO Hunger Report, officially called “The State of Food Insecurity in the World 2012” is now available (9 Oct. 2012).
“The 2012 edition of The State of Food Insecurity in the World focuses on the importance of economic growth in overcoming poverty, hunger and malnutrition. The report also presents updated and improved estimates of the number of undernourished and sets out FAO’s newly revised undernourishment methodology as well as ongoing work to develop a comprehensive suite of food security indicators.”
This report will be of greater import and impact than the past few editions. The last few reports gave only a rough estimate of the number of hungry in the world, and the 2011 report gave no estimate at all. The FAO has been revising their criteria for estimating hunger since 2010.
The 2008 report presented a very useful, detailed, nation-by-nation analysis of hunger. Since then, the reports have focused more on presenting a broad overview of the state of world hunger. The 2012 edition is a much needed update to the FAO methodology. The ongoing work on a set of food security indicators is also welcome.