Ending Rural Hunger

Ending Rural Hunger is a toolkit to assess each countries’ global efforts to end hunger by 2030 (SDG2). The online platform contains data on FNS needs, policies and resources across 116 countries and merges these results with an assessment of how 29 developed countries’ policies and aid efforts contribute to the end of rural hunger.  

Ending Rural Hunger

About the project

The Ending Rural Hunger project was created by the Brookings Institution in partnership with Data Act Lab. The project is funded by Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.

Ending Rural Hunger is built from the ground using open source and state of the art technologies. The technology stack is Linux, node.js, MariaDB, NginX, Varnish and Angular. Every piece of software was carefully selected to be as easily maintained, fast and scalable as possible. The infrastructure can easily handle hundreds of hits / second today, and within the hour it can scale to several thousands / second with only configuration changes.

The application consists of an API (api.endingruralhunger.org) built on node.js, drawing diretcly from our relational database and feeding the frontend (endingruralhunger.org) Angular in-browser application.

Behind the API there is an admin interface used to administrate all the data, indicators, categories and more. Even further behind the admin, there is an automatic system in place to draw data from all the data sources and automatically update the database when new data becomes available.


Ending Rural Hunger Website

The Ending Rural Hunger interactive website presents the full results of the analysis of the project alongside all the underlying data. It contains several interactive tools to map, rank and correlate data on hunger and agricultural productivity.



This 60 second video explains in short what the Ending Rural Hunger project is all about. What information it contains and how to use the data visualization tools. 


Mapping rural hunger

This tool allows you to inspect the ending rural hunger data on a global level for both developing and developed countries covering in all 106 indicators. It allows you to explore in which countries needs are the greatest, policies are the strongest and if financial resources are adequate to end hunger. The tool allows you to examine individual indicators as well as overall scores.


Ranking rural hunger

This rankings tool allows you to inspect the data by directly comparing countries’ relative performance for category and indicator-level scores within the Ending Rural Hunger framework by sorting the best performers within each level of analysis. This can further be refined by specifically examining rankings within different income and geographic groups.


Correlations tool

This tool allows you to analyze the data within the Ending Rural Hunger framework to examine potential relationships and associations between different facets of global hunger. Users can select and track individual countries, and further examine relative performance and associations by looking at different income and geographic groups.


Country Profiles

The Country Profiles are meant to guide high-level advocates and policymakers in their decision-making process by offering snapshots of key data for developing and developed countries.  The profiles answer questions such as: which are the key crops? wow many people live in rural poverty? does the country need more efforts made on malnutrition, or on agricultural productivity? where could investments be most effective?


Report and graphics

The Ending Rural Hunger Report introduces key results which emerge from the data available on the Ending Rural Hunger website: where FNS needs are greatest, what policy reforms and investments are needed, and which developed countries are making the biggest relative efforts to ending rural hunger, through their domestic agricultural and bio-fuel policies, trade policies and FNS aid. Data Act Lab designed the report and its 35 specific graphics.