The Hunger And Nutrition Commitment Index (HANCI 2012) Measuring the Political Commitment to Reduce Hunger and Undernutrition in Developing Countries

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The Hunger and Nutrition Commitment Index (HANCI) ranks governments on their political commitment to tackling hunger and undernutrition. The index was created to provide greater transparency and public accountability by measuring what governments achieve, and where they fail, in addressing hunger and undernutrition. Guatemala (which was ranked first by the index) displayed substantial political commitment to reducing hunger and undernutrition, expressed through a range of efforts including:

• Ensuring high level of access to drinking water.
• Ensuring good levels of access to improved sanitation.
• Promoting complementary feeding practices, and ensuring over nine out of ten pregnant women are visited by a skilled health personnel at least once before delivery.
• Investing substantially in health and having a separate nutrition budget line to make its spending accountable to all.
• Putting in place a Zero Hunger Plan that aims to reduce chronic malnutrition in children less than five years of age by per cent in 2016.
• Ensuring that public policy is informed by robust and up-to-date evidence on nutrition statuses.
• Establishing a multi-sectoral and multi-stakeholder coordination mechanism that is regionally recognised as an example of good practice.

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