Central America: undernourishment prevalence 2005-2018

The share of population in Central America (including Mexico) whose habitual food intake is insufficient to maintain an active and healthy life was estimated at 6.1 percent in 2018. The prevalence of undernourishment in the region declined between 2005 and 2016, and it has remained steady at 6.1 percent since 2016.

Prevalence of undernourishment in Central America between 2005 and 2018

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Release date

July 2019


Central and South America, Mexico

Survey time period

Between 2005 and 2018

Special properties

The source includes Mexico in the Central American region

Supplementary notes

* Forecast.
According to FAO, "the prevalence of undernourishment (PoU) is an estimate of the proportion of the population whose habitual food consumption is insufficient to provide the dietary energy levels that are required to maintain a normal active and healthy life".

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