Hunger and Nutrition Commitment Index – HANCI

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 actions governments take, and what they fail to do, in addressing hunger and undernutrition.

Why measure commitment to reduce hunger and undernutrition?

There are many reasons for insufficient progress in reducing hunger and undernutrition. One of these is a “lack of political will” or political prioritisation. Strong and high level political commitment is essential to prioritise the fight against hunger and undernutrition.

HANCI measures political commitment to reducing hunger and undernutrition, among both developing and developed countries. Our hope is that this will:

  • Enable civil society to exert greater pressure on governments and international policy makers to take action
  • Encourage governments to evaluate their own efforts and to prioritise appropriate action

If we can achieve these goals we believe we can make a real contribution to increasing and intensifying action to reduce hunger and undernutrition.

How is HANCI constructed?

HANCI compares and ranks the performance of 45 developing countries based on 22 indicators of political commitment. The indicators are split between indicators of commitment to hunger reduction (10 indicators) and indicators relating to commitment to addressing undernutrition (12 indicators). In both sets they are grouped under three themes:

  • Legal frameworks (for example the level of constitutional protection of the right to food)
  • Policies and programmes (for example the extent to which nutrition features in national development policies/strategies)
  • Public expenditures (for example the percentage of government budgets spent on agriculture)

Download HANCI 2013 Report.

Key contacts

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Dolf J.H. te Lintelo

Research Fellow and Cities Cluster Co-Leader


+44 (0)1273 915767

Project details

start date
14 November 2012
end date
14 November 2015


About this project

Recent work


Tanzania makes great strides to tackle hunger and undernutrition

Launched today, the Global Hunger and Nutrition Commitment Index (HANCI-Global) and HANCI-Africa show that the Tanzanian and Sudanese Governments, alongside many other countries are putting in place important efforts address hunger and undernutrition.

25 May 2018


What are the opportunities and constraints for nutrition advocacy?

Despite high levels of political will to address hunger and undernutrition at the national level, in many countries coordination and programming at the sub-national level remains challenging. Kat Pittore asks what the challenges are for nutrition advocacy.

31 October 2016


Hunger and Nutrition Commitment Index – data by country

This series presents key data on government commitment to reduce hunger and undernutrition in developing countries. Country scorecards detail government performance on reducing hunger and undernutrition in the areas of public spending, policies and laws the series is based on findings from the...

16 October 2013