The State of Food Insecurity in the World 2015 | Land Portal
The State of Food Insecurity in the World 2015 cover image

Resource information

Date of publication: 
December 2015
Resource Language: 
ISBN / Resource ID: 
Copyright details: 
FAO encourages the use, reproduction and dissemination of material in this information
 product. Except where otherwise indicated, material may be copied, downloaded and
 printed for private study, research and teaching purposes, or for use in non-commercial
 products or services, provided that appropriate acknowledgement of FAO as the source
 and copyright holder is given and that FAO’s endorsement of users’ views, products or
 services is not implied in any way.
 All requests for translation and adaptation rights, and for resale and other commercial
 use rights should be made via or addressed to

This year´s annual State of Food Insecurity in the World report takes stock of progress made towards achieving the internationally established Millennium Development Goal (MDG1) and World Food Summit hunger targets and reflects on what needs to be done, as we transition to the new post-2015 Sustainable Development Agenda. The report reviews progress made since 1990 for every country and region as well as for the world as a whole.

Progress towards the MDG 1 target, however, is assessed not only by measuring undernourishment, or hunger, but also by a second indicator – the prevalence of underweight children under five years of age. Progress for the two indicators across regions and over time, is compared, providing insights into the complexity of food security.

Overall progress notwithstanding, much work remains to be done to eradicate hunger and achieve food security across all its dimensions. The 2015 report not only estimates the progress already achieved, but also identifies remaining problems, and provides guidance on which policies should be emphasized in the future. Key factors that have determined success to date towards food security and nutrition goals are identified. The list of factors – economic growth, agricultural productivity growth, markets (including international trade) and social protection – is by no means exhaustive. The report also shows protracted crises, due to conflict or natural disasters, has deleterious effects on progress in hunger reduction.

Authors and Publishers

Corporate Author(s): 

Share this page