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Pakistan stands 107th in the Global Hunger Index


Issue Date 22 Oct - 28 Oct, 2016 at 2:00 PM

Pakistan stands 107th in the Global Hunger Index

According to the 2016 Global Hunger Index, Pakistan has been included in the list of countries with ‘serious’ hunger level, wherein 22 per cent of its population has been found undernourished.
The country is placed at the 107th rank among 118 developing countries, as it performed worse than many of its South Asian neighbours in the process of eliminating hunger.
On a scale of 0-100 (with 100 being the worst with respect to hunger), Pakistan has scored 33.4, improving slightly from 35.1, the score it acquired in 2008.
India has been placed at the 97th position, while Afghanistan stands at 111 and China at 29 with a ‘low’ level of hunger. Keeping in mind the current rate of decline in more than 45 countries including Pakistan, India, Afghanistan, Yemen and Haiti are expected to have moderate to alarming hunger scores in 2030, as told by the authors of the index.
Shenggen Fan, the director general of the Washington-based International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI), stated, “Countries must accelerate the pace at which they are reducing hunger,” in order to meet the target, he further added, “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.”





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