22% population is undernourished in Pakistan, reveals Global Hunger Index

Published: October 12, 2016
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Pakistan has 22 per cent of its population undernourished, though it improved from a previous “alarming” hunger level among developing countries, the Global Hunger Index revealed on Tuesday.

Ranked 108 among 118 countries on the index, Pakistan remained on a “serious” level, scoring 33.4 against 35.1 in the 2008 index.

The country performed worst than neighbours India and Bangladesh, which scored 28.5 and 27.1 respectively, but better than Afghanistan’s 34.8. Another 43 countries, including India, Nigeria and Indonesia, showed “serious” hunger levels.

The hunger index ranks countries based on undernourishment, child mortality, child wasting (low weight for height) and child stunting (low height for age).

PHOTO: International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI)

At the current rate of decline, more than 45 countries – including India, Pakistan, Haiti, Yemen, and Afghanistan – will have “moderate” to “alarming” hunger scores in the year 2030, the authors of the index said.

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“Countries must accelerate the pace at which they are reducing hunger” if they are to meet the 2030 target, Shenggen Fan, director general of the Washington-based International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI), said in a statement.

“Ending global hunger is certainly possible, but it’s up to all of us… (to) set the priorities right to ensure that governments, the private sector and civil society devote the time and resources necessary,” Fan added.

World leaders agreed a 2030 deadline for ending global hunger last year as part of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) – an ambitious plan for tackling poverty, hunger and inequality.

IFPRI produces the annual index along with aid agencies Concern Worldwide and Welthungerhilfe.

Overall, some 795 million people go to bed hungry every night.

“We have the technology, knowledge and resources to achieve (zero hunger). What is missing is both the urgency and the political will to turn commitments into action,” said Dominic MacSorley, CEO of Concern Worldwide.

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Nearly half the population in CAR and Zambia, and one in three people in Chad, are undernourished, it showed.

Sub-Saharan Africa has the highest hunger levels, followed closely by South Asia.

“Too many people are hungry today. There is a need for urgent, thoughtful and innovative action to ensure that no one ever goes hungry again,” said David Nabarro, special adviser to the UN secretary-general on the SDGs.

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Reader Comments (6)

  • M. Emad
    Oct 13, 2016 - 6:48AM

    2016 Undernourished Population (Global Hunger Index): Pakistan-22%, Bangladesh-16.4%, India-15.2%.Recommend

  • Raw is War
    Oct 13, 2016 - 9:01AM

    Pakistan has more hungry than India? Who guessed?Recommend

  • over burdened citizen
    Oct 13, 2016 - 9:38AM

    Who cares! Ruling elite is enjoying 7 Course meals. Recommend

  • nadeem
    Oct 13, 2016 - 11:12AM

    Famous last words: Can’t afford bread? Eat cake.Recommend

  • ishrat salim
    Oct 13, 2016 - 1:20PM

    @nadeem:

    you forgot the latest from our honorable stupid finance minister who had said in the assembly that ” if dal is expensive people should eat chicken “. Recommend

  • Wasim
    Oct 14, 2016 - 2:05PM

    How they conduct it seems totaly wrong data india has more hunger and poverty issues around 21.9 % under below poverty and pakistan has ratio 13% paktistan people have more trends in charity in sout asiaRecommend

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