The World Hunger Index or GLobal Hunger Index was created as a way of measuring progress towards the Millennium Development Goal of eradicating extreme poverty and hunger. It uses a range of indicators to look at ‘hidden hunger’, including undernourishment, the proportion of underweight children and child mortality rate. Each country is given a score from zero (no hunger) to 100. Higher scores are not good.
Average daily calorie consumption gives an indication of the global distribution of available food and food inequality.
Both measures show a similar pattern. More developed areas (e.g. Europe and North America) eat a lot and less developed areas (e.g. Africa, Central America and parts of Asia) eat less food per person and more people suffer from hunger and hunger-related illnesses.