Latin America: undernourishment prevalence 2018, by region

In Latin America and the Caribbean, the subregion with the highest prevalence of undernourishment was the Caribbean, where approximately 18.4 percent of the population was estimated to have an insufficient food intake to maintain an active and healthy life. Central America was the subregion with the second largest prevalence, at 6.1 percent. The regional average was forecasted at 6.5 percent.

Prevalence of undernourishment in Latin America and the Caribbean in 2018, by subregion

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Release date

July 2019



Survey time period


Special properties

Forecasts; Mexico is grouped with Central America

Supplementary notes

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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