Global hunger index: Feed the world | The Economist
Bad news typically dominates the headlines, but in the grand scheme of things the world has really improved a lot in recent years. In the last two decades, hunger has declined by huge amounts almost everywhere in the world.
According to the Global Hunger Index:
- Two-thirds of countries (including the two largest, China and India) have made significant progress in combating hunger in the last 20 years. The overall index has fallen by more than 25%. Of the remaining one-third, most of the countries are merely stagnant rather than getting worse.
- The only countries that are significantly more hungry today than they were in 1990 are Burundi, Comoros, Congo (DR), North Korea, Swaziland, and Zimbabwe.
- The most malnourished nations in the world: The DR Congo (75% of citizens), Eritrea (66%), Burundi (63%), and Haiti (58%).
- The prevalence of underweight children is the highest in: Timor-Leste (45%), India (44%), Bangladesh (41%), and Nepal (39%).
- Under-five mortality rates are the highest in: Afghanistan (26%), Angola (22%), Chad (21%), and Somalia (20%).