Global Hunger Index Ranked Pakistan At 106 Out of 118 Countries
Global Hunger Index Ranked Pakistan At 106 Out of 118 Countries: According to a recently released report on hunger and forced migrations around the world by by Concern Worldwide and Welthungerhilfe, almost 124 million people suffer acute hunger in the world, a striking increase from 80 million two years ago, as the reality of hunger and undernutrition continues to have a massive impact on the next generation.
Figures quoted in the report further claimed that around 151 million children were stunted and 51 million children were wasted across the globe.
Hard-won gains against hunger were being further threatened by conflict, climate change, poor governance, and a host of other challenges, the report added. It included the Global Hunger Index, a list which ranked countries based on the levels of hunger prevalent in their society. The index was compiled using scores calculated by combining specific national food security indicators.
Pakistan was ranked 106 out of 118 countries on the list, with a GHI score of 32.6, down from 36 in 2010 and 38.3 in the year 2000. This statistic highlighted how the country was making steady progress in tackling food-related issues, especially in light of the adoption of Millennium Development Goals by the United Nations (UN) in the year 2000.
The low-ranking of Pakistan on GHI is indicative of the regional trends as well, revealed the report. According to figures quoted in the study, India was ranked just two places above Pakistan, while Bangladesh, Myanmar, Sri Lanka and Nepal all lay outside the top 60 countries with lower hunger levels. Afghanistan was the worst-performing South Asian country on the list in 2018.
The report warned that at least 50 nations all over the globe were on a path to miss their Sustainable Development Goals target of achieving low-levels of hunger by the year 2030.
Conflict, disruptions to food and clean water supplies, livelihoods, and healthcare services had all combined to jeopardize food and nutrition security, the study underlined. This hunger crisis has also exacerbated the problem of forced migration.
National scores for Global Hunger Index were calculated using four indicators of hunger: undernourishment, child wasting, child stunting and child mortality. Data for calculating these scores was gathered from different UN and multilateral agencies.
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