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DAT102x: Predicting Chronic Hunger
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About Chronic Hunger


Following a decade long decline, global hunger appears to again be on the rise. According to the Food and Agricultural Organization of the United Nations, chronic hunger affects 11% of the world's population. Nearly one in four children under the age of 5 is affected by stunting, which can impair cognitive ability, decrease lifetime earnings, and increase risk of dying from an infection.

According to a 2017 report on the State of Food Security and Nutrition:

There is more than enough food produced in the world to feed everyone, yet 815 million people go hungry. As reflected in Sustainable Development Goal 2 (SDG 2), one of the greatest challenges the world faces is how to ensure that a growing global population - projected to rise to around 10 billion by 2050 – has enough food to meet their nutritional needs.

This is exacerbated by an increasing frequency of climate related shocks such as droughts, which can wipe out farmers' crops and tilt the needle from a situation of food insecurity to famine. Food security is further impacted by violent conflicts around the globe, which can disrupt food production and availability.

However, the presence of these factors, and consequently levels of chronic hunger, differ across countries. Now, we are challenging you to use your skills to consider which economic, social, and political factors are indicative of trends in chronic hunger in countries around the world.

Competition tile photo by Kate Holt / Africa Practice