Pakistan’s position on Global Hunger Index improved but still ranks among bottom 25 countries

Global Hunger Index

According to the 2021 Global Hunger Index (GHI), Pakistan has shown improvements over the years, as the country had been graded 92nd out of 116; however, the goal of removing hunger by 2030 is becoming out of reach as the globe continues to lag behind in the fight against it. 

The sources reported that Concern Worldwide of Ireland and Welthungerhilfe (WHH) released the Global Hunger Index (GHI), a peer-reviewed publication that examines hunger around the world. 

The nutrition division of the Scaling up Nutrition (SUN) Secretariat in the planning ministry on Tuesday joined the inaugural event for the chapter on Pakistan at a nearby hotel. 

The Demographic and Health Surveys of Pakistan (DHSP) and state-run or carried out nutrition-related surveys across the nation are mostly the sources of data used to create the report each year. 

It is to be mentioned that developed countries were not included in the survey thus the report is only based on the conditions of developing and under-developed countries. Statistics of only 116 countries were available his year. 

The report set the standard and said that the nations considered to have a reduced ratio of hunger is close to zero and ones close to 100 are declared to have a higher hunger ratio. 

Read more: India falls 9 ranks below Pakistan to 101 in Global Hunger Index 2021

Moreover, Pakistan got a 24.7 score and is ranked 92 out of 116 countries while India grabbed 101 places. Sri Lanka was placed 65th position whereas Bangladesh and Nepal were ranked 76th. 

Recently, The United Nations released its report which revealed that the number of hungry and underprivileged people has increased to an alarming situation. Currently, there are 811 million hungry people in the world, and 41 million people are close to starvation. By 2030, 47 nations will have high levels of hunger, including 28 in Africa alone. 

The chapter on Pakistan shows that the situation of hunger has improved since 2000. In 2000 the ratio was 36.7, 33.1 in 2006, and 32.1 in 2012, and gradually decreased to 24.7 in 2021. 

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