Global Hunger Index 2018: countries most affected by hunger

Countries that are most affected by hunger and malnutrition according to the Global Hunger Index 2018

by Erin Duffin, last edited Apr 29, 2019
Global Hunger Index 2018: countries most affected by hunger The statistic shows the countries that are most affected by hunger and malnutrition according to the Global Hunger Index 2018. In 2018, the Central African Republic had the highest score (53.7).
Malnutrition

According to the Global Hunger Index, which was adopted by the International Food Policy Research Institute, Chad and Yemen are among the countries most affected by hunger and malnutrition, with an index of 45.4 and 39.7, respectively. The World Hunger Index combines three indicators: undernourishment, child underweight, and child mortality.
There are approximately 642 million malnourished individuals living in the Asia and Pacific region and about 265 million malnourished living in Sub-Saharan Africa. Globally, there are 805.3 million people that are considered undernourished or starving. The term malnutrition includes both undernutrition and overnutrition. Undernutrition occurs when an individual cannot maintain normal bodily functions such as growth, recovering from disease, and both learning and physical work. Some conditions such as diarrhea, malaria, HIV/AIDS are considered major causes of undernutrition. Rural and agricultural communities can be especially susceptible to hunger during certain seasons. The annual hunger gap occurs when a family’s food supply may run out before the next season’s harvest is available and can result in malnutrition. Nevertheless, the prevalence of people worldwide that are undernourished has decreased over the last decades, from 18.7 percent in 1990-92 to 11 percent in 2016.
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Countries that are most affected by hunger and malnutrition according to the Global Hunger Index 2018

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